For those of us considering how we would like to have our final remains handled, cremation has become an increasingly popular option. A big factor in the increasing popularity of cremation is the rising cost of in-ground burial. In addition, many religions and cultures have come to be more accepting of cremation, and society is much less tied to any one place. But, even though it may seem like “everyone” is getting cremated, the choice is not always easy. It is a very personal decision that must be guided by your cultural and religious views as well as your finances.
Cremation Services: You Have Many Options
A common misconception about cremation services is that when you choose cremation you cannot have a traditional funeral. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, you have more memorization options rather than fewer. Here are just a few of the ways you or your loved one can be honored.
- Funeral with a viewing, cremation to be held after.
- Funeral without a viewing, cremation to be held after.
- Memorial service at a traditional funeral home followed by interment of the ashes.
- Memorial service at an outside venue.
- Scattering of ashes at a location with meaning to the deceased.
With so many options, planning in advance becomes all the more important. This is especially true since how much your cremation will cost will be determined in large part by the type of service you have. For example, if you opt for a viewing it will be necessary to have the body embalmed. It will also require some kind of casket.
The point is–when you choose cremation you can have whatever type of service you would like. However, if your loved ones don’t know what you want then they may make a decision that doesn’t take into account your preferences. Pre-planning can help you make the decision that’s right for you and take the burden off your loved ones when the time comes.