Funerals in Melbourne and other parts of Australia are increasingly becoming expensive fanfares. The cost of obtaining funeral services and putting things in place to ensure your loved one has a befitting burial is not child’s play.
The cumulative cost of things such as a casket, embalming, burial plots, transportation, and even a reception is beyond what many can easily afford or are willing to spend on a funeral. With a median cost of about nineteen thousand dollars, many Australians seek more cost-efficient and hassle-free ways of burying their loved ones.
Over the years, there has been a steady rise in the percentage of people who opt for non-traditional funerals such as cremation. Fifty to sixty-five percent of Australians now favor cremation as their preferred method for burying their loved ones or themselves, using crematorium Melbourne among others.
What is Cremation?
Cremation involves the disposition of a dead body through burning. The cost-effectiveness and flexibility of cremation have made it a preferred option among Australians.
However, opting for cremation does not necessarily translate to having the most cost-efficient burial; certain kinds of cremations can still be expensive.
There are different types of cremations available they are:
- Cremation with traditional service
- Cremation with memorial service
- No cost cremation with body donation to research
- Direct cremation/ No service cremations
Of all the aforementioned options, no service cremation is the most cost-effective and efficient method. So what exactly are no service cremations, and what is required to plan one?
What is No Service Cremation?
No service Cremations, also known as Direct Cremation, eliminates the elements of a traditional funeral or even a cremation with a conventional or memorial service. This means that the bereaved can bury their dead in a private and personal manner.
The ceremonial nature of traditional funerals often takes away the personal touch that most people want to feel as they bid their loved ones farewell for the last time. If you prefer that things be done simpler, more personally, then a direct cremation in crematorium Melbourne is your best bet.
Having a no Service cremation means that the deceased’s body is cremated immediately after death or soon after as decided by the friends or relatives of the deceased, without a funeral service or memorial.
There will be no viewing or wake since the body is cremated immediately. Many people have expressed that they prefer this type of burial as it allows them to maintain the wishes of their loved ones who may choose to decompose naturally or have certain cultural or religious beliefs that are against the process of body preservation.
A no service cremation eliminates the need for the process of embalming a body, and allows for more environmentally conscious choices for the deceased and their loved ones. However, you should note that while the most distinctive feature of a no service cremation is the absence of a memorial or funeral before the burial, a memorial could still be held after the cremation.
Benefits of No Service Cremation
- COST EFFECTIVE
The cost of a funeral will be significantly reduced where a direct cremation is opted for. This is primarily because most of the expenses associated with a traditional funeral, such as the cost of a procession, a chapel, a wake, a reception, and so on, are done away with. Also, depending on how you decide to dispose of the remains, there might be no need for purchasing a burial plot or casket.
Cremation allows for a more environmentally conscious way of burying the dead. Unlike the traditional burial that necessitates using a casket and embalming fluid, both of which could be harmful to the environment, cremation allows relatives to explore a greener option of burying their dead (for example, green cremations).
- PERSONAL TOUCH
No service cremations allow for a more customized approach to burying the dead. With direct cremation, the friends and relatives of the deceased can explore as many options as they want outside of the confines of a traditional funeral. For example, they could decide to host a memorial service after the cremation where there would be audiovisual reminders through which friends and families both far and near can relive their memories with the dead.
- DIGNITY OF THE DEAD MAINTAINED
Often a deceased would have expressed how they want to be buried to their loved one. A direct cremation in crematorium Melbourne allows the family or friends to follow these wishes to the latter. Also, some would rather not have their bodies viewed or embalmed, so a direct cremation offers the best option for them.
- ALLOWS FOR MOURNING IN PRIVATE
Direct cremation would usually not attract a crowd of mourners. It is usually a private affair in which only a limited number of people are involved. Unlike a traditional funeral in which families and friends have to receive guests and their condolences, no service cremations shield them from this, while allowing them to choose when to celebrate their dead should they decide on having a memorial after the cremation.
How to Plan a No service Cremation
If you decide to opt for direct cremation, make sure it is in line with the wishes of the dead and that you have thoroughly researched and consulted on the process. It is also advisable that you have decided beforehand all the details, such as the choice of the crematorium or how you would dispose of the cremated remains. The fact that a body has been cremated does not mean that it cannot be buried in a cemetery.
Planning a no service cremation is not as time-consuming or as draining as other types of cremation or funerals, but it could still be a handful for a bereaved person. In planning a no service cremation, it is better to employ the services of a professional funeral service home, especially one that offers a range of options. You should contact a crematorium Melbourne to find out about their services and pricing.
Templeton Funeral Services offers direct cremation services in Melbourne. Our crematorium is functional twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, offering personal and professional care that includes transfer and other relevant certifications and administrative tasks.
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