It’s never easy to say goodbye. But when bidding farewell to a loved one or family member, the end is never really the end. There is still much to decide on following a person’s death, and how to handle the body is one of the major decisions.
Cremation is increasingly becoming a more popular choice for American families. More than half of the families in the United States now choose cremation over burial when it comes to an end-of-life service.
But is the decision right for you and your family? Having the proper information at your disposal can help to decide. Read on, and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about cremation.
How Expensive is Cremation?
There are a number of different costs related to the end of one’s life. And depending on how expensive the remaining hospital bills are, you may have to be smart about how you approach these financial needs.
Luckily, the act of cremation is often a more affordable option than a traditional burial. You do not need to spend money on a coffin or a plot of land in a graveyard. A reasonable rate for a cremation falls between $800 and $1300 depending on the specifics of the situation.
A more traditional burial could end up costing double or even triple the price.
Included in this price is the pick-up and transportation of the body, as well as the filing of the required paperwork. The cremation will occur and the ashes of the deceased will be returned to the family following.
You can contact a funeral home to inquire about their pricing for cremation services.
Families Still Have Funeral Services
There is a misconception out there that if you choose cremation that you will be forgoing a traditional funeral service. This isn’t necessarily so. It is true that some families who go with cremation decide not to have a funeral. But that’s a choice, not anything directly related to cremation.
Many families have funerals or memorial services (with no body present) prior to a cremation occurring. Some hold them following cremation, and the spreading of a person’s ashes occurs at the tail end of the ceremony.
There was a time where some religious organizations opposed cremation. But these days, that is far less common. You can still hold a funeral service with a religious service even if you go with cremation.
A Body Is Cremated Alone
Another common misconception surrounding cremations has to do with how bodies are cremated, and in what company. A body is not cremated with other people. To do this is actually illegal.
Every body that is cremated is done so alone. Many crematoriums also allow a witness to be present at the cremation. Often, this needs to be arranged in advance. Pre-planning a cremation can help to save money and ensure the process goes exactly as a family wishes.
The Right Choice For Your Family
Cremation isn’t the right choice for every family, but it is for many. There are many advantages to the process that are worth considering over that of a traditional burial.
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