Are you thinking about cremation for yourself or a loved one? If so, you probably have lots of questions. Our list of 10 Cremation Secrets will help answer some of the big questions. If you want to know more, check out our cremation articles. We’ve also got everything you need to know about funerals and can help you create a funeral plan.
Ten Cremation Secrets You Need to Know
Cremation has become an increasingly popular option. In fact, now more than half of Americans choose cremation. According to industry experts, this number will continue to grow. There are many reasons for the popularity, one of the biggest being cost. If you are considering cremation but aren’t sure how to get started, visit our cremation pages.
Cremation has become much more widely accepted but you should still confirm with your clergy if it is an accepted practice in your religion. The Eastern Orthodox church, for example, doesn’t permit any form of cremation. Catholics, on the other hand, permit cremation but not scattering of ashes. Click for more on cremation and religion.
Depending on the options you select and the area of the country where you live, the cost of cremation will range from $1,000-$8,000. The high end number would include a funeral to be held prior to the cremation. A traditional funeral with in-ground burial ranges from $10,000-$15,000. Our page tips on managing funeral costs can help you learn about ways to avoid breaking the bank on funeral expenses.
A popular misconception is that when you have a cremation you can’t have a funeral or a viewing. Not true. The same types of services are available with traditional cremation that are available for burial. Adding a funeral will add to costs but you can still have a whatever type of service you want prior to the cremation.
With direct cremation, the body is cremated soon after death. The deceased is taken straight to the crematorium and there is no funeral. Direct cremation is the most affordable type of cremation. After the body is cremated the remains can be returned to you. Even with direct cremation, you can still have a memorial service.
Embalming adds to the price of the funeral, and the fluids used may harm the environment. Embalming is generally required if you have a funeral with a viewing or visitation. Many people avoid embalming by holding a memorial service after cremation.
The only requirement for a cremation container is that it be rigid and fully combustible. You do not have to have a casket. If you are having a funeral or viewing prior to cremation, you can rent a casket. Another alternative is to order the cremation container or a casket from another provider or online. Funeral homes must accept caskets from third parties.
You can buy an urn from any vendor and either provide it to the cremation services company or transfer the ashes once you receive them. You don’t have to buy from the company handling the cremation. Visit our store to see some of the beautiful urns we offer.
You may be surprised by how many options you have for handling ashes. Traditional urns are still popular, but you can also choose cremation jewelry, artwork, or custom containers. Less conventional choices like infused pottery, gemstones, and ornaments are also becoming more popular. To find something special to honor a loved one or a favorite pet, visit our store.
One key advantage to cremation is that you can think outside the box when it comes to holding a memorial service or celebration of life. Any location that has meaning for you or your loved one can be used for a memorial service. Parks, beaches, and local restaurants are all popular choices.
One of the big advantages to cremation is that it offers you many choices when it comes to how you memorialize your loved one. From the container you use to where you hold the memorial service, your only limitation is your imagination.