Cremation is an option that many people today consider mainly due to practical reasons. Before you actually decide to opt for crematory services, there are important facts that you should know. Most of these have to do with the process of having your loved one’s remains cremated and how to choose the crematory services provider. Read on and be guided accordingly when you make your final decision.
The Cremation Process
The process basically involves burning the deceased’s body and then grounding the bones until they resemble the consistency of ashes. You can opt for a direct cremation or have a viewing in a casket much like traditional funeral services before having the body cremated. Just like traditional burials, there are regulatory requirements that need to be fulfilled, usually permits and clearances from the appropriate offices. Your crematory services provider should be able to help you in securing the necessary documents. At the very least, they should be able to point you to the right offices where you can get your documents.
There are crematoriums that allow you and other family members to watch the crematory process. Most, however, would simply opt to wait for the process to be finished in a waiting room within the crematorium’s premises. After the deceased’s body has been cremated, his ashes will be handed to you in a container. The service provider will ask you for an urn where they can put the ashes. In case you do not provide an urn, they are mandated by law to give the ashes to you in a proper container. In most cases, crematoriums use cardboard boxes.
The family of the deceased are free to do whatever they want to the cremated remains. However, there could be laws and regulations as well as religious provisions that they should follow. Generally, cremated remains can be buried, placed in a columbarium, or kept in a special place at home. There are families who opt for unconventional ways of dealing with the cremated remains, including scattering the ashes in the deceased’s favorite place and “planting” the ashes at the base of a tree or in a flower bed. The decision on what to do with the ashes is often dictated by whether or not the family and friends would like to “visit” the deceased’s remains and the deceased’s prior instructions.
Choosing A Crematory Services Company
A lot of crematory services companies are around today. They may or may not offer traditional funeral services as well. Some funeral homes that have smaller operations would most likely not have their own crematorium. In cases where the family of the deceased opts for funeral services before cremation, the body would have to be transported to the crematorium at an appointed time. As only one body at a time is allowed to be cremated in each furnace, it is necessary to book this service ahead of time to ensure that there is an available slot. Funeral homes with their own crematory services would also prioritize those who have their funeral services in their own facility.
It would not be advisable to choose a crematory services provider based on cost alone. The choice should be made based on the crematorium’s facility and capability to provide all the services that you need. You should be able to discuss your needs with the crematory services provider before you sign the service contract. To bring your costs lower, you might want to ask about rental caskets for the memorial service. You might also be able to take out some items you do not need from their packages.
The crematory services provider that you choose should also have industry accreditation or certification. This will tell you that they are compliant with industry standards and government regulations. Their licenses and permits should be current and updated. They should also be willing to answer all your questions and concerns.
These days, you can find crematory services providers easily through the internet. You simply have to do a search for cremation services in your locality and you will get a list of all those offering the services you need. This makes the task of choosing a lot easier as you already get a wealth of information about these companies when you visit their websites. You can list down any concerns you might have so that you can air them when you give the crematoriums a call.
Giving your loved one the kind of funeral he deserves is the last thing that you can do before you lay him into his final resting place. This is a time when you and the deceased’s family and friends could share fond memories together and celebrate the life that he lived. At this time, you do not want to unduly stress yourself with issues on cremation and funeral arrangements. Make sure that you choose the right service provider to ease the burden off your shoulders. That way, you can focus on your departed loved one’s loving memory and lay him to rest in the best way possible.