If your loved one wished to be cremated, you may have some questions about the process and planning involved. Your funeral home director can be your partner in the planning process, but you may want to do a bit of research before you get started. Here are some things to know about cremation services.
Embalming Is Optional
While embalming is a regular part of a burial service, it is typically optional for cremation. If you are planning to hold a viewing in a casket before the cremation is performed, embalming may be necessary for preservation during the services. You can have a viewing immediately before the cremation is performed with just close friends and family without embalming, but you may want to discuss the timing to ensure everyone is comfortable with this option.
Cremains Can Be Interred
For some families, having a grave to visit is an important part of the grieving process. Even if your loved one chooses cremation, you can still have your loved one interred. The cemetery can place the cremation urn in your loved one's burial plot. You can even choose to have a portion of the cremains buried and scatter the rest in a place that was special to your loved one.
You Can Be Present
You may want to be present during the cremation process, as this sometimes provides added reassurance that you are receiving the correct cremains. Be sure to discuss this with the cremation facility in advance so you can schedule a time for the process. You may choose to go alone, or you can have family and friends attend for moral support. The cremation facility can provide you with time to say a final goodbye, which may provide some comfort to you and your family as well.
Cremation Offers Flexibility
While traditional burials mean that the viewing and funeral must happen relatively quickly, cremation provides more flexibility when scheduling funeral or memorial services. This is particularly helpful if you have family from out of town wishing to attend the services, as you can provide enough time for everyone to make travel arrangements. It also means that you can host the services in a nontraditional setting with more ease. You might opt to have the services in your loved one's home or at a place that was special to him or her. Discuss the different options available with your funeral home director so you can create a memorial or funeral service that honors your loved one's memory.
If you have questions about the cremation process, do not hesitate to ask your funeral director. He or she is there to make sure that you have help and support throughout every step in the planning process.
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