With each passing generation, cremation is becoming more and more popular as an alternative to the traditional casket and burial option. And there are several good reasons why. If you are planning arrangements for yourself, or for a loved one, it is wise to consider cremation services. Continue reading to review some frequently asked questions for a chance to learn more about cremation before making a decision.
How Much Does Cremation Cost?
One of the most admired aspects of cremation is that it is much more cost-effective and affordable. Depending on the funeral home and the package you select, the cost of cremation will vary. Basic packages generally cost between $800 and $1,000. And more comprehensive packages can cost upwards of $3,000 or more.
If I Choose Cremation, Can I Still Have a Funeral?
Yes of course! Many families choose to still have a ceremony and a type of viewing or memorial after the cremation. A funeral director can help you arrange all of the details for your loved one’s cremation and funeral services.
Is Cremation Bad for the Environment?
No way! In fact, it is better. Since no toxic chemicals are used or released, cremation is considered a “green” funeral practice that is both safe and supportive of the surrounding environment. Cremation remains are organic, so they go back into the earth and soil as a part of nature if spread. And if kept in urns, they cannot be an imposition on the environment whatsoever.
If I Pre-Pay for Cremation, and Pass Away Somewhere Else, What Happens?
Any funds you have on account at your funeral home are usually non-refundable. So it is best to have your funeral and cremation done in the home you prepaid for, even if you passes in another city or state. For this reason, it is good to choose a funeral home in an area where all your friends and family are close by.
How Soon Can Cremation Take Place After a Death?
Deceased are kept in a safe, climate-controlled area while all the cremation service documents and files are being processed. Most states have a specific waiting period and even require authorization by a coroner or medical examiner first. In most cases, cremation can take place a few days after death.