Ten Things To Consider About Cremation
Not many of us spend a great deal of time thinking about death, cremation or funeral planning. In fact, for the majority of people, death is a topic that’s taboo, or, at the very least, an uncomfortable subject. However, at some point in everyone’s life, either casually or seriously, they’ve sat down and said, “When I die, I want…”
So here are ten of the most important considerations we hope will help you in planning a cremation and making funeral arrangements for someone close to you, or, in advance for yourself.
10 Considerations About Cremation
1. Talk with your family and friends about your thoughts about burial and cremation. It may not be a comfortable conversation, but the tone can be kept upbeat and light.
2. If you preplan a funeral, your funeral arrangements can save you and your family a lot of time and money.
3. When you choose cremation, you can have traditional funeral services for the deceased, memorial services, or no service at all depending on what’s most appropriate for your situation.
4. Cremated remains can be scattered in specifically sanctioned areas. Your funeral or cremation director can help you know where scattering is appropriate in your area.
5. Embalming of the remains is not a requirement.
6. Before making your decision, if you are of a particular faith or religion, make sure you understand your religion’s guidelines regarding death and burial.
7. Make sure that your family is aware of the religion’s views on cremation to avoid hurt feelings or misunderstandings.
8. Cremains don’t have to be kept in a cremation urns or other vessel.
9. Cremains can be displayed in a variety of unique and personal ways.
10. Don’t be shy about being creative.
Perhaps you or a loved one have clearly expressed that cremation is the option of choice–either in a Last Will or other form of unquestionable communication. Maybe you or someone you love has mentioned cremation in a casual conversation. Or maybe you are considering cremation as an option due to personal beliefs or lifestyle.
* Sources: Hal Stevens, Founder, Online Memorials