Cremation is quickly becoming the new normal in the U.S. in terms of end-of-life decisions. More and more families are choosing cremation for their loved ones based on a variety of facts such as affordability, changing religious views, and environmental considerations. Due to this growing preference for cremation, families are increasingly searching for ideas on how to plan a cremation service.
The first step to take when planning a cremation is to consider the type of cremation services available in your area and decide which option works best for all involved. It’s important to note that some states have specific laws and regulations governing cremation services, so be sure to seek advice from a funeral professional before moving forward with the cremation plan.
A direct cremation occurs when the body is cremated immediately after death without a funeral service. Direct cremation tends to be the least expensive option as there is no need for a casket, and the cremated ashes are returned to the next of kin for final disposition.
To plan a direct cremation, contact a local funeral professional or cremation provider to get details on the following:
A cremation with funeral service (also known as a full-service cremation) is when the body is present for visitation and funeral services before cremation occurs. Planning a full-service cremation is similar to arranging a traditional funeral service without burial:
A cremation with memorial service is held after a direct cremation so the body is not present, although in most cases the urn containing the cremated ashes is presented at the memorial service. Memorial events can be personalized based on the wishes of the family – they may choose to have a simple scattering ceremony at a meaningful location, host a celebration of life event and share stories and memories of the deceased, or plan something more intimate for immediate family members and close friends.
Check off the following items when you plan a cremation with memorial service: