After a family member or loved one passes, you may be tasked with the important decision of how to handle their remains. Depending on your religion and any funeral arrangements the deceased made before passing, the decision may already be made for you. However, if there are no existing plans or traditions in place, you will have to choose between hosting a burial or cremation service.
If you are leaning toward a cremation service but haven’t yet made up your mind, the staff at Harding Funeral Home in Westport, CT, can help. Below, their funeral planning team shares some important information about cremation services.
1. Cremations Are More Cost-Effective Than Burials
If you are on a limited budget, a cremation may be a more suitable option than a funeral service. Funeral costs, including casket and burial services, can cost upwards of $7,000. Alternatively, a cremation service that includes a memorial and viewing can cost around $1,500.
2. The Practice Is Acceptable in Most Religions
For many centuries, major religions such as Catholicism would only sanction burials, while cremations were considered taboo. In modern day culture, cremation is accepted by most religions, including most sects of Christianity. However, some religions such as Orthodox Judaism do not allow for the practice. Discuss these policies with your religious authority to understand your options better.
3. You Can Still Host a Service
Many people worry that choosing a cremation means they cannot have a funeral. However, this is not the case. You may still host a full funeral service with a viewing and eulogies before the cremation. If circumstances do not allow for the service to be held before the cremation, you can host a memorial service for friends and family in the days and weeks that follow.
4. You Have the Option of Being Present During the Cremation
Many funeral homes and crematoriums allow for you to be present during the cremation, and some may even let you press the button to initiate the process. However, you should verify the availability of these options while making arrangements so you know what to expect.
5. There May Be Legal Issues Regarding Ashes
Your loved one’s will may have specified scattering their ashes at a specific location. However, there may be legal limitations to this. Look up legislation in your area regarding ash scattering to ensure your loved one’s wishes can be met.
For help planning burial or cremation services, call Harding Funeral Home at (203) 227-3458. To learn more about what cremations entail, visit Harding Funeral Home online.