If you are in the process of making advance funeral plans, there is one decision that you will be faced with when it comes to burial: Do you want to be cremated? It is predicted that by the year 2018, more than 50 percent of people in this country will be choosing to be cremated. Even though many people choose to be cremated, there are always people who are not familiar enough with the process to know whether this will be the best choice for them. Here are a few of the most common questions about cremation services and the answers you should know before making any definite decisions.
How much does cremation cost?
The price that you pay for being cremated will range from state to state and location to location. However, on average, direct cremation costs about $1100. This is a small figure in comparison to traditional burial that includes costs for a casket, vault, burial plot, and headstone. With so many components involved in a traditional burial, cremation can save you a lot of money and is one of the reasons so many people choose cremation in the end.
Can you still hold an open casket funeral if you choose to be cremated?
It is a common misconception that opting for cremation will mean opting out of an open-casket viewing at the funeral. However, this is still a possibility, as the cremation can easily take place after the funeral is over. Even though you will still have to pay the costs of bodily preparation for the funeral, you can still save a great deal because you will only have to rent a casket for the event instead of purchasing it.
If you are cremated, how is it decided who gets your ashen remains?
This will be a decision that is entirely up to you to decide. It is best to make sure this decision is in writing once you have made the decision to be cremated and tell your family what your desires about your remains are in advance.
Do all funeral homes offer cremation?
Not every funeral home has a crematorium on site, but most funeral homes have access to one in the area. Therefore, you will almost always have the option to be cremated if this is what you want.
When you are in the process of making your own arrangements, it will be much easier to make the right choices if you are knowledgeable. For more information, contact Final Care Cremation Services or a similar company.