Increasingly, people are opting for direct cremation as opposed to the traditional method of being buried in a grave. In direct cremation, the body is cremated immediately or a few days after death without holding a funeral service beforehand. This is the most inexpensive method of cremation. However, direct cremation doesn’t just happen. The following are a number of things one should know before arranging for direct cremation.
1. Direct Cremation Costs
Since there is no formal funeral services or pre-funeral events, costs are kept to the basic minimum. The fact that the body is cremated immediately after death enables you to contract a crematory to proceed with the cremation rather than have a funeral home do it. This option is highly cost-effective. Besides, you can have the body cremated in a simple container rather than use an expensive casket. Since there is no viewing of the body or visitation or wake before the cremation, there are no embalming or other body preparation expenses involved. Should you, however, want to bury the cremated remains in a cemetery or inter them at a columbarium, there will be extra costs involved.
2. Service Options
If you want to have a memorial service in spite of your desire for direct cremation, you can opt to have the service at a later date. A direct cremation happens before a memorial service and not after. Should you want a memorial service before the cremation, then you need to plan for a traditional cremation, which takes more time to plan and is often more costly.
3. Arranging a Direct Cremation
Ideally, the crematory staff should be able to handle all aspects of the cremation. This includes handling all the paperwork such as completing the death certificate. They should also be able to transport the body to their crematory at a nominal fee. Fees charged by a crematory are often far much lower than those charged by a funeral home.
You can also choose to work with a funeral home to arrange a direct cremation. In such a case, the funeral home completes the death certificate before transporting the body to the crematory at a nominal fee.
4. Your Rights
In a direct cremation, it’s not mandatory that you buy a casket, however hard a crematory tries to convince you to buy one from them. The crematory should provide an alternative container such as an unfinished wooden box. Also, the crematory should return the cremated remains of your loved one in the same urn you sent to them. However, if you did not provide a container, the cremated remains should be returned to you in an appropriate container, such as a cardboard box.
5. Handling the Cremated Remains
You can choose to bury the cremated remains in a cemetery, have them interred in a columbarium, keep them in an urn or alternative container, or scatter them. Some people are even finding interesting ways of repurposing cremated remains by turning them into jewelry or incorporating them into an artificial underwater reef. Some even use them to make fireworks and then shoot them into space. These options may sound weird, but people have interesting ways of showing respect to the dead!
The death of a loved one or a family member can be highly traumatizing. Losing someone you have been close to is devastating, to say the least. It can also be very costly to correctly and respectfully dispose of the body of a loved one. Direct cremation provides a more affordable method of disposition that also provides you with an opportunity to show your respect to a departed friend or family member. However, when choosing a crematory, ensure that they are a reputable firm with a track record of delivering quality service with both tact and sensitivity.