Coping with the loss of a loved one can be difficult, which is why it helps to be familiar with memorial options ahead of time. If your beloved friend or family member has chosen to be cremated, Middendorf Funeral Home in Ft. Mitchell, KY, understands that you’ll likely have some questions about the process.
Cremation can be a wonderful option for some—here are four facts about the process that everyone should be aware of:
- A Memorial Service Is Still Possible: There’s a common misconception that a memorial service cannot be held without a body, but this isn’t true at all. Middendorf Funeral Home has performed many memorial services that involve cremation, which can occur either before or after the ceremony.
- Cremation Products to Purchase: Many people choose cremation as an end-of-life alternative to lessen the financial cost and eliminate the need to pay for a casket. However, a cremation casket and urn are still required for interring ashes and must be purchased for the process to take place.
- Handling the Remains: Cremated remains are traditionally housed in a columbarium or in the ground at a cemetery, but that’s not always the case. If your loved one issued specific instructions for storing their remains or spreading their ashes, as the next of kin you have the right to do with them as you see fit.
- Cremation & Memorial Costs: There are more costs associated with the cremation process than simply purchasing an urn and cremation casket for your loved one. Transportation fees, headstone costs and cemetery fees may also factor in, so check with your funeral provider for an itemized breakdown of what the cremation process will entail.
Losing a loved one isn’t easy, so why not let the professionals from Middendorf Funeral Home shoulder some of that burden. To learn more about their cremation and funeral services, contact them today at (859) 341-7800, or visit them online for more tips on how to plan a funeral.