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Losing a loved one is devastating enough without having the added stress of planning a burial and service. While most families need to have a celebration of life or other ways of saying goodbye, sometimes families need space to grieve first.
During difficult times, when more time is needed to make final arrangement plans, a direct cremation may be the solution. Here are some things you need to know when deciding if this choice is right for your family.
What Is Direct Cremation?
The choice of a direct cremation means that the family plans a viewing or funeral right away. This is because the body is held until the crematory service is ready for the cremation to take place.
This means the family or loved ones don't see the body or have clothes ready for burial. This also means the family can go ahead with the cremation and have a celebration of life or similar service when they are ready and don't feel rushed.
What Are The Disposition Options For Direct Cremation?
Families can decide on one of the available options for the disposition of their loved one's remains. Whether they choose to keep the ashes in an urn, spread them in a favorite location, or place them in a mausoleum, there are a variety of options.
This means even though families don't have a traditional showing and funeral, they can have the remains there with them for a celebration of life. This option also offers the opportunity for a family to spread the ashes together and say their goodbyes.
What Are Other Reasons For Direct Cremation?
Other than reducing family stress and planning a later service, there are other reasons why families may choose a direct cremation.
Cost: direct cremation is less costly than a traditional funeral with the cost of embalming, paying for the funeral home and casket, and other procedures involved.
Religion: Some families don't care to have a religious service, so this option allows them to cater to the deceased wishes for end-of-life service.
Simplicity: Some people decide they don't want a fuss after they've passed, so this gives the family option for a simple send-off with no fuss.
Whatever the reason a family decides to have a direct cremation, it's a personal choice and one that they can discuss with local cremation services. Crematories work with families and make sure to meet all their end-of-life wishes.