More than 50% of adults are now choosing funeral home cremation upon death. You and your loved ones have most likely pondered the answers to these FAQs.
Unfortunately, there comes a time in all of our lives where we’re forced to say goodbye to our loved ones.
When that happens you’re now tasked with figuring out how they should be buried or what to do with their body after they’ve passed.
Not only is that process overwhelming for the family members who are also grieving, but it can also be costly. That’s why more and more families are turning to cremation for their loved ones.
If you’ve ever considered it, you probably have a few questions about funeral home cremation. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this subject.
1. What Is Cremation?
In order to consider cremation a viable option, you need to understand what it is and how it works.
Cremation is when the body of your loved one is burned down to ashes and remaining bone fragments. After that process is complete, the remaining parts are mashed down into the completed granular body style that you’re familiar with.
The cremation process is cost-effective, providing several different cremation options for you and your family to choose from.
From there, you can decide what to do with the ashes that are now in your possession.
2. Can You Still Hold a Memorial Service with Cremation?
Yes, you can! It’s a perfect way for your loved one’s friends and relatives to see them one last time and provides closure to all of them.
More importantly, it allows you all the proper time to mourn and grieve the loss of such a tremendous human being.
There are a few options for a memorial service if you intend to cremate the body. You can have the body displayed (which will cost extra for proper embalming) then have it cremated after the ceremony.
You can also hold the service as a closed casket memorial service with your loved one’s remains present.
Now that cremation is becoming people’s preferred choice, funeral homes are tending to many different ways of hosting a cremation funeral service.
3. Does Your Religion Allow It?
Simply put, most religions allow for proper cremation. The ones that forbid it are religions that stem from the Jewish orthodox, Greek, or Muslim faiths.
There are also some forms of Protestants that forbid it so, if you’re of the Protestant faith, be sure to check with your Pastor.
You might also find that, while your religion allows for cremation, there are certain rules for it.
For example, back in 2016, the Pope updated the Roman Catholic Church’s view on cremation. He stated that while cremation is allowed, the ashes must be placed in a sacred place. So your idea of scattering the ashes at sea may not be allowed.
If you have any questions about what that looks like for your faith, there’s no harm in asking your church’s leadership group about it!
4. What Can You Do with the Remains?
As previously mentioned, your religion may have guidelines for what you should do with the remains.
However, if your religion doesn’t have specific guidelines for it, then there are so many options at your disposal. You can choose the method that reflects on your loved one best.
For example, if they were passionate about the environment, you can plant a tree with their ashes to commemorate them. If they had a flashy personality, you can strap them to a firework and let them have one last moment of flash before their ashes are spread.
If their heart belonged to the sea, then you can spread their ashes into the body of water that they cared for most. If you want them to always be with you, then you can have jewelry made or have a tattoo with their ashes put into the ink.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of ideas for what you can do. You may have a harder time deciding on one thing to do with the ashes.
5. Do You Need to Hire a Funeral Director?
Some states require you to in order to properly arrange the cremation. However, there are other states that allow you to gain the cremation arrangement forms online.
If your state allows you to take charge of the process, there are a few things you’ll need to consider.
You need to obtain the proper death certificate, as well as a permit for the shipping and disposition of the body.
Another thing you might run into is that certain crematories only work through funeral homes. Make sure the one you want to send the body to accepts them from families directly.
6. What Kind of Containers Can You Keep the Ashes In?
The ashes will usually be sent back to you in a cardboard container. From there, you have all kinds of options to store them in.
You can choose from cultured stone structures with their name and picture on it, statuary art pieces, clocks, wood crates, memorial chests, or crystal urns to name a few.
Whatever container you feel best fits their personality, use that as a starting point and go from there.
Funeral Home Cremation: The Perfect Choice
Now that you’ve seen the answers to some of the most common funeral home cremation questions hopefully you realize something vitally important: you’re not alone.
Everyone goes through these hard times. Be sure to carefully consider all your options and choose the path you feel best represents your loved on.
Learn more about Lone Star Cremation and how we can be a tremendous help to you during these difficult times.
For more inquiries, please feel free to reach out via our contact page and we’ll be happy to discuss with you further!