Funeral planning can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be.
The popularity of cremation has grown substantially in the last several years, and continues to grow. Cremation has become a prevalent option due to its adaptability to the needs and wants of families. Some loved ones plan a service either before or after cremation, while others choose not to have a service. When there is no service or ceremony, this is called direct cremation.
Because there are no funeral services prior to a direct cremation, there is no need for a casket. The body is then cremated as soon as possible, once all paperwork is finished including permits and authorization. The ashes are then returned to the family in a few days. Once the ashes are in the possession of loved ones, they can then choose what to do next. Some choose to simply keep the ashes in an urn or container, while others hold a ceremony or scatter the ashes where they see fit.
Because direct cremation takes little time and fewer resources than a burial or even a funeral, it is significantly less expensive than traditional services. Since there is no viewing before the cremation, the body does not need to be embalmed, saving a significant amount of money. Cremation also does not require the purchase of a burial plot or headstone, although these can be arranged if desired. Due to the lack of traditional funeral preparations, direct cremations can save the family of the deceased a considerable amount of money.
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