Category: Latest Published on 25 November 2014
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Cremation sometimes carries a negative connotation with it, due to the way that societies view the burn process involving human bodies.  If we go back to the original definition of the word, "cremation," we find it literally means: "to reduce a body to ash; to burn down to an ashen state."  Another definition is "to incinerate" or consume by fire.

While the word "cremation" has long carried a negative image in the minds of people, it remains one of the most common ways to handle the death of a loved one in several cultures. 

Advantages to Cremation


An advantage is the ability to "keep the ashes" with you after the service.  Unlike a traditional funeral where the body must obviously be disposed of by burial following the service, the cremation process allows the family to take the ashes home.  Some people report that this gives them a sense that their loved one is somehow still around, even after they are deceased and the service is over.  People often place the ashes in vessels called urns which holds the ashes of their loved ones for display or burial.


Cremation also offers the family a chance to pay a special tribute at a location remote from the funeral site.  Having the body cremated in a contained location, such as a vase, allows them to scatter their ashes on a favourite site, such as a lake, field, or other special location.  This helps the family to feel their loved one has become a part of the universe again in an area they cherished, so that their spirit is a part of the whole environment.  This can prove therapeutic for many families or loved ones, and offer a sense of wholeness at the idea that their loved one will always be with them.



Whatever the case, it is important to keep in mind that today arrangements are as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made.  A ceremony may be personalized to reflect the life of the deceased - and therefore have special meaning for those who are left behind.

In addition to normal urns, Emmanuel Funerals now also offer the Biotree.


Biotree is a 100% biodegradable cremation urn, which turns cremation ashes into a tree once planted. It has been designed to pay homage to life whilst giving an environmentally sound alternative to traditional forms of burial.  Biotree takes great care in selecting tree species that are harmonious to the South African environment, complementing the unique fauna footprint that surround them by creating a living tribute for those who now rest at their roots.

Our Carbon Footprint


Each Biotree Urn produces an average of 117kgs of oxygen, and reduces carbon dioxide production by about 21kgs per year when the tree is fully grown. 

Biotree for Humans R 3,450.00

Your purchase will have the following effect on our planet:

• You will be creating a natural habitat for animal life.

• Your Biotree will produce an average of 117kgs of oxygen a year.

• Your Biotree will reduce carbon dioxide production by an average 21kgs a year.

• We will purchase a tree to be planted by Greenpop in South Africa’s southernmost indigenous forest, the beautiful Platbos forest.

• You will be actively reducing the adverse effects of traditional burial.

• You will have created work for disadvantaged and jobless woman in rural parts of South Africa through the handmade memorial bracelet included in your Biotree Urn packaging.

Each Biotree Urn contains:

• Three indigenous tree species for you to choose from.

• Soil disc filled with all the nutrients your Biotree requires.

• Handmade memorial bracelet.

• A unique online memorial registration code to geotag your Biotree Urn and write an online memorial for your loved one.

At Emmanuel Funeral Services we would be glad to answer questions at any time.  051-448 8566