Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy. The days following their passing can be filled with pain, confusion, and despair. Many people find it impossible to carry out simple tasks while grieving. This is why you should consider the services of a funeral home. They can help ease the burden of this painful experience and give your loved one befitting funeral service.

If you are considering direct cremations for your loved one, here are five things you must know.

What are Direct Cremations?

This disposition option involves cremating a body a few days after death without a funeral service beforehand. It is the most affordable option for disposition since the costs of a traditional funeral are avoided.

Cremation occurs shortly after the passing, which means you will engage the crematory services directly and not a funeral home, saving your family some money. You also save the cost of buying an expensive casket since the body is cremated in a simple container. The need for embalming is eliminated since there will be no visitation or wake.

After cremation, a memorial service is usually held later, removing the need for an expensive casket and funeral arrangements. However, if you and your loved ones desire a formal service, it can take the form of a memorial service. A traditional cremation occurs when you plan a service before the cremation and not after.

How to Arrange a Direct Cremation

Typically, the staff at the crematory can handle all aspects of the cremation, including body transportation and completing the death certificate. Therefore, you will be charged a fraction of the charge a funeral home charges for the same services.

Direct Cremation Costs

It’s the most affordable disposition option as the cost of a casket, preparing the body for a funeral service, and extensive transportation are avoided. If your loved one requested direct cremation or are interested in saving costs, you should consider this option.

You should also consider the cost of a cemetery plot or columbarium and any other cemetery fees. For example, some cemetery fees may include headstone installation, opening and closing the grave, and perpetual care fees.

Know your Rights when it comes to Personal Advocacy

You have the following rights when it comes to planning a direct cremation

    • You are not required to buy a casket for direct cremation.
    • You are entitled to a wood box or similar container for the cremation. This is provided by the funeral home or crematory you are working with.
    • When you provide an urn, the cremated remains should be returned in the jar you provided. Otherwise, the remains are kept in a container and given to you.
    • Lastly, direct cremations can make the days preceding a death less chaotic and overwhelming. Families can postpone the memorial service until they are ready.

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