If you are not sure whether direct cremation is right for you or for your loved ones, this article will help you decide. The process of cremating the body of the deceased involves the use of very high temperature to reduce the body to bone fragments. It is considered as the simplest form of final disposition against burying a body in the ground. However, most people who prefer to have their deceased loved one cremated still want to hold a visitation or wake or funeral beforehand with the embalmed body in an open casket, whether in a church, funeral home or other location decided by the family.
This type of burial involves only the minimal services needed to cremate a body. These generally include the following:
•Local pickup and transport of the deceased from the location of death to the cremation provider like crematory or funeral home.
•Processing and filing of all the legal documents needed like the death certificate and the authorization to cremate.
•Placement of the deceased in an alternative container – a rigid, cardboard box with a cover.
•The process of cremating the body using a chamber known as a cremator or retort. It is an industrial furnace designed and manufactured to reduce a dead body to bone fragments.
•Return of the ashes to the family in a special container. The relative may provide the urn, but sometimes it is included in the package.
Cremation is less costly as compared to the traditional funeral service which involve the burying the body in the ground. The reason for this is that cremating a body does not require embalming, fix features, dress, customization, hair arrangement of the deceased and others. The cost of cremating the deceased in the US is around $1,000 but differs widely. In New Jersey, this type of burial service is offered at $695, while in Colorado it is offered for $1,295. If you choose to have the deceased body of your loved one cremated, you can arrange and have a memorialization or funeral service after the process.
How to Arrange a Cremation?
If you are thinking of a funeral service before the process, you will need to work with a funeral home. The funeral director can help you plan the service you like to have, and help you coordinate with the crematory that will carry out the process.
If you plan a direct cremation followed by a memorial service, you need to discuss things with a crematory directly. But, some states have laws concerning who may help you with the process. Generally, the funeral director should handle the arrangement. If you prefer to work directly with a crematory, it is best to reach out to your local crematories and discuss things with them concerning the laws and regulations in your area.
The Things You Need to Consider
Choose the crematories that will offer the best service at the best price. Since the costs and services of cremating the deceased vary greatly among providers, choose the provider with care. It is important that you are aware of the after-death legalities, and also your rights as a funeral consumer, as stated in the FTC’s Funeral Rule.
If you prefer to have a home funeral before cremating the body, some local municipalities may not allow this. Make sure that you check your municipalities federal and local laws thoroughly, as these may differ considerably by location. Some states require you to complete a death certificate, other important after-death documents and transit permit before transporting the body. Some funeral homes include the accomplishing of these documents in their package. However, you need to pay for the additional service and for the permits.