Even though I’ve been researching the death space for a while now, today I came across a word that I’ve not encountered before and I’m really rather excited about it. The title is rather a giveaway but it’s the word… (drumroll please) “cremains”.
Cremains is a portmanteau made up of the words ‘cremated’ and ‘remains’.
I’ve absolutely no idea how I’ve not met this word before but there is a possibility that it is more widely used in the United States, rather than the UK which could explain it.
Something about the letter ‘C’
I do rather like the fact that for whatever reason, in the world of cremation, there seem to be quite a lot of words beginning with ‘C’ (obviously beginning with ‘cremation’!)
Then there is ‘crematorium’, or if there’s more than one, ‘crematoria’.
The machine that the coffin is placed in is the ‘cremator’ and whatever comes out of the cremator then goes into the ‘cremulator’.
For example, quite often there will be bones that come out of the cremator. They are then transferred to the cremulator and essentially smashed up into fine dust – what are commonly referred to as the ashes.
But no longer just ashes but “cremains”. Who knew?!
I realise that not everybody will be as excited at this revelation as me, but we are coming towards the end of the year and what a year it has been.
New Year, New Tradition?
2020 has been such a difficult year for so many people and I think it fair to say that there is collective hope that 2021 will be better and full of hope and promise.
For my part, I think I’m going to introduce a ‘Word of the Month’ to this blog in 2021; naturally it will be something End of Life Planning/death related.
Not everything has to be morbid or negative when discussing these topics. Of course, death and end of life matters are sensitive subjects. And they are often difficult for many people to speak about openly.
But the brilliant thing about language is that you can use it in a variety of ways. And just occasionally you come across a word and think, “Gosh, how do I wangle that into a conversation?”
For me, as I type this, that word is “cremains”.
I wonder what it will be next month? Only one way to find out…
Until next time, take care.