After the death of a loved one, planning funeral arrangements can be overwhelming. Thankfully, there is a more straightforward option available. Direct cremation is a suitable choice for those who prefer simplicity or are concerned about funeral costs. Here are a few important points you should know about this funerary option.
1. The Process Moves Quickly
When you choose direct cremation, the remains are taken directly to a crematorium instead of a funeral home for embalming. The cremation is handled quickly, and the facility takes care of all the details, including transportation and issuing the death certificate. No casket is needed, and no service is held before cremation, though one may be arranged after.
2. You Don’t Need to Buy a Casket
When you choose direct cremation, you do not need to purchase the accessories associated with a traditional burial. The cremation facility is required to provide a simple wooden casket for cremation, and will return the ashes in either an urn you provide or a temporary container.
3. You Can Still Hold a Memorial Service
The difference between traditional cremation and direct cremation is that there is no funeral or viewing held beforehand. However, a memorial service can be scheduled for a later date. This is a good option when friends and family need time to plan and travel for a service. If preferred, you can also forego a formal service altogether.
4. Direct Cremation Decreases Funeral Costs
In many cases, the death of a loved one can lead to financial strain. But some of the most expensive items—caskets, embalming, and long-distance transportation—can be avoided with direct cremation. Depending on your plans for the final disposition of the ashes, you may also choose not to purchase a burial plot or grave marker, although these are still options if you want them.
5. You Need to Ask the Funeral Home About Their Services
Before choosing a funeral home, make sure they offer the services you need. Ask about direct cremation when you call, and find out about their basic service fee to ensure it fits into your budget. You may also want to ask about display urns or interment in a columbarium, so you can commemorate the deceased.
In difficult times, simple funeral arrangements can be the best choice for those left behind. The Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home has served East Haven, CT, and surrounding areas for over 65 years. Their directors are here to provide help and advice to grieving families. To begin funeral arrangements or request direct cremation, call (203) 467-2789 or contact the funeral online.