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Cremation Plans: What are the options?


The loss of a loved one can be an extremely emotional time for all involved. Many people around the world choose to cremate their loved ones and preserve their ashes in an urn or have it scattered due to religious reasons. There are many options that you could consider when planning a cremation. By taking a look at the variety of options available you can decide on the best services and cremation products for your individual requirements. There may be special products that you may need to purchase in order to facilitate the cremation ceremony which is why it is a good idea to make a list of what you need.

Types of Cremation Services

When organising your cremation you may want to consider what type of service you want either prior or after cremation. Many people are under the misconception that you cannot have a traditional funeral service if you have a cremation. However, you can choose to have the cremation take place and have a funeral service after it. You may also want to consider having a traditional funeral before the body is cremated. Alternatively, you may want to have a direct cremation whereby there is no funeral service at all and you can choose to have a private memorial in your own time. If you are planning to bury the remains after cremation you may also want to consider holding a graveside service in a cemetery or columbarium.

Handling Cremated Remains

There are a number of options that you could consider when dealing with the remains of your loved one. Most people bury the cremated remains in a cemetery. You can ask your chosen cemetery for a dedicated plot for your cremated remains or choose to have it buried in a columbarium niche. Another option which many people find comforting is to keep the cremated remains in an urn with a family member or have them scattered into the sea or location of your choice.

Costs of Cremation

The cost of a cremation service is often more affordable than a traditional burial especially in cases of direct cremation. You can choose to organise a cremation with a funeral organisation or director who can help you to plan and coordinate the cremation service at the crematory of your choice. Costs of cremations vary depending on your individual needs and whether you want to have a burial ceremony before or after or whether you want to have the cremation alone. The overall costs generally include the amount paid for a crematory, cemetery costs if you are planning to purchase a plot and any other services that you may require such as transportation of the body to the crematory.

Finalising your Plans

Once you have discussed your plans with family or friends regarding all the options for cremation it would be best to consider booking your crematorium for the ceremony. It is always beneficial to discuss all the options with your loved ones to ensure that your cremation service is done to your requirements.

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