Saying goodbye to a loved one can be a heart-wrenching and costly experience. But what if there was a way to honor their memory while also being mindful of your budget?
Enter cremation - a process that not only offers a more budget-friendly option compared to a traditional burial but also allows for a more timely goodbye. Before you make your final decision, there are a few things to consider.
Join us on a journey as we dive into the fascinating world of cremation and arm you with all the information you need to make an informed and meaningful choice for your loved one.
What is cremation?
Cremation is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional burials for many individuals. It involves the process where crematories, reduce the deceased body to its most basic elements. Some crematories allow families to witness the cremation process if they wish. The cremated remains can be set in a variety of containers too.
People choose cremation due to its simplicity, more economical cost compared with a traditional funeral service, and the flexible options associated with it - such as keeping cremated remains at home or scattered in a special place. Cremations are also becoming more appealing because of their environmental benefits which involve the reduction of land usage.
Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy, but choosing cremation as a means of disposition can offer a cost-effective and timely solution. Direct cremation consists of the following steps:
- Identifying the loved one and obtaining authorization for cremation.
- Preparing the bathing and dressing of the body.
- If desired, a public viewing can be arranged through embalming.
- The loved one is then placed in a container and transferred to the cremation chamber where they are respectfully and individually cremated with multiple checks in place to ensure proper identification.
- The final remains, also known as ashes, are returned to the family in a container of their choosing, allowing for personalization in the farewell process.
Why choose cremation?
Cremation is an increasingly popular choice for those wanting to honor the life of their loved one. Unlike traditional burials, which can be both a costly and uncertain process, direct cremation is a simpler, more affordable way to memorialize your loved one.
Plus, with cremation you have the freedom to choose how and where you want to celebrate the life of your loved one and how you want to memorialize them. Whether that’s a traditional funeral ceremony or something more creative and meaningful like scattering their ashes in a place they enjoyed visiting. Some people even incorporate their ashes into biodegradable materials such as firework shells!
As well as being more affordable, cremations are also incredibly flexible and offer a range of options for celebrating the life of your loved one and honoring them in death. Therefore, choosing simple cremation instead of traditional burials could prove to be an efficient, cost-effective and meaningful way to remember your beloved person. You can even use final expense insurance to help cover your cost.
What is the cost of cremation?
Cremation is becoming increasingly popular as an option for honoring a loved one and celebrating their life. Although cremation is typically cheaper than a traditional burial, the cost of cremation can vary widely depending on your specific needs. Factors that affect the cost of simple cremation include the type of cremation services chosen, any additions or modifications to the cremation process, the provider services, and whether or not you elect to purchase additional cremation products (like an urn or memorial plaque).
It's important to research and compares providers before selecting an affordable cremation service to ensure you are getting the best value possible.
What are the additional costs of cremation?
Sometimes cremation is chosen for its affordability, but it’s important to note that there may be additional cremation costs. These depend on the cremation provider used and the specific memorial service opted for and can include:
- The average cost of cremation
- Transportation of the body to the crematorium
- Cost of the cremation urn or other container options
- Flower arrangements or memorial keepsakes
- Cost of death certificate copies and associated filing fees
- Obituary notices in newspapers or other publications and a permanent remembrance plaque.
Though these vary from case to case (often hundreds or thousands of dollars), it’s important to understand what type of expenses you can expect in addition to cremation itself.
How can I compare cremation costs near me?
Cremation is increasingly becoming a popular choice for people to honor the passing of their loved ones and celebrate their lives. As cremations become more common, it's important to compare the average cremation costs in your area when planning or to arrange cremations.
Looking into a cremation cost can be overwhelming, as many cremation providers have varying prices depending on factors like location and the memorial service provided. To find the best affordable cremation services near you, it's helpful to use online resources such as price comparison sites or reviews from past customers.
What are the kinds of cremation and how do I choose the right one?
Cremation options include both direct cremation and traditional cremation.
Direct cremation is when the deceased is cremated soon after death has been officially declared by the death certifier. Because this type of cremation involves minimal services, prices are typically lower than that of traditional cremations.
Traditional cremations involve many more memorial services such as viewings, visitation, and remembrance ceremonies, which will make the cost higher compared to direct cremation.
Ultimately, it comes down to deciding whether you want to go with a no-fuss approach or spend more money making your loved one's passing a meaningful and lasting event.
What factors affect cremation costs?
Cremation costs can vary greatly depending on several factors such as crematory fees, type of cremation selection, and container selection, as well as if services are included in the package or if they are purchased separately.
Crematory fees often include standard amenities while packages typically bundle cremation services together in one fee. Other options such as urns, keepsakes, and other merchandise may be available at additional costs, so it's important to do your research to make sure you find a cremation provider that is best suited for your individual needs.
Do I need a casket for cremation?
The answer is no. Cremation is a process that does not require the use of a casket.
A deceased person may be cremated either in a cremation container or in the clothing they were wearing at the time of their death. In both cases, there is no requirement to have a burial casket. The choice to use a cremation container or not can depend on factors like personal preference, religious beliefs, simplicity, and cost-effectiveness - every option will bring its own benefits and drawbacks.
If you have any questions or would like more information about cremations and caskets, don’t hesitate to reach out to an expert who can answer them for you.
Is cremation right for you?
Cremation is an increasingly popular choice for those who wish to be cremated after their death. There are many reasons why someone might choose cremation, from the cost-savings to the flexibility in choices of how to dispose of the remains.
If you are considering cremation, it is important to know all the factors that can affect the price so that you can make an informed decision. Our brokers here at Dundas Life can help you understand all your options and find the right insurance plan to help pay for your final expenses. Contact us today to get started.