Planning Your Own Funeral

All You Need To Know About Cremation

Cremation is one of the most popular burial methods in the 21st century. In the extract below, you will learn the benefits of cremation and how to plan a cremation funeral. 

What Are The Benefits of Cremation? 

The primary benefit of cremation is that you can dictate whether or not you want you to be remembered once you die. For instance, you could ask your family to dispose of your remains in the sea if you no longer wish to be remembered. Cremation can also give your family lasting memories since they can move with your remains if they wish to relocate. It is unlike a burial where it would be difficult to move the grave. Cremation is suitable for family members that cannot afford a burial plot and people that live in areas where the current burial plots are filled up.

Planning a Cremation Service

Below is a short guide on how to plan a cremation:

1. Choosing a Funeral Home

Find a funeral home that offers cremation services in your locality. Inquire about the services they provide. For instance, if you are on a budget, you may want a joint cremation which is cheaper than being cremated alone. If you want to hold a memorial service, examine the experience of the funeral director to know whether he or she has the skills to plan the service.  

2. Wakes and Memorials

Wakes and memorials are an opportunity for your loved ones to give their final farewell. The ceremony could be held at home, at their place of worship or inside the funeral home. You will need a catering service to provide food and drinks to guests at the ceremony. 

3. Cremation Process

The funeral director will remove personal items such as watches and jewellery. Pacesetters and implants are also removed from the body. Your family should provide a blanket to wrap your body. It allows them to view your remains before the cremation process. The cremation process takes about two hours. The director will collect the ashes and hand them over to your family for disposal. 

Handling Remains

The ashes could be disposed of at sea or on your farm. Alternatively, they could be placed in an urn and kept at home. If you are an environmentalist, the ashes could be used to plant a remembrance tree on your property. They could also be used to make jewellery such as rings and necklaces for your family members.

Cremation is a cost-effective way to conduct a funeral. As a rule, you should work with an experienced funeral director when planning the cremation.