Questions About Cremation

It is common for you to have questions about cremation upon the passing of a loved one. This article will help sort out several of the most common questions, and provide answers wherever possible. Of course, if you don’t find the answer you’re looking for specifically, we encourage you to contact us directly.

Why do people choose cremation over a casket burial?

This is one of the most common questions about cremation. And while everyone has different reasons for making their choices, most agree that the expense of cremation is a driving factor. Cremation is much less expensive than traditional burial.

The average expense for a burial in the US ranges from $7,000 – $12,000. Cremation can cost the family many thousands of dollars less, depending upon the services requested.

How is the body prepared for cremation?

Another one of the common questions about cremation involves how the remains are prepared. If there are any items that do not burn, or that might be an environmental hazard, they are removed prior to cremation. These include pacemakers, surgical screws and plates, and radioactive implants that might contain mercury. Once these are removed, the body is ready for cremation. Note: depending upon your state regulations, embalming may or may not be necessary if a viewing is scheduled prior to cremation. We encourage you to check your state’s position on this.

What do I do with the cremated ashes?

Of all the questions about cremation that we are asked, this ranks right up at the top. And while we certainly won’t be able to cover all of the possibilities, we will list a few of the most popular practices here.

Some family choose internment (burial) of their loved one’s ashes. Cemeteries typically offer a specially designated section of their property for such burials.

Many people choose to put the ashes into an urn, and display that urn in a prominent place in their home. In this way, they are reminded regularly of their loved one, and feel connected to him or her.

Another popular practice is to scatter the ashes in a place that is meaningful to the deceased or the family. There are specific laws to follow, and in some cases, permits that must be obtained in order to legally scatter human remains. Check the regulations of the sate (or country) in which you are considering scattering the ashes.

Who do I ask to help me navigate all the questions I have about cremation?

We stand ready, willing and able to answer all of your questions. The death of a loved one is never easy, and it’s often complicated by the myriad of details that require the attention of family members who are grieving. It can be overwhelming, and if you’re not careful, it can be enormously expensive. And that’s why our service exists… we wish to provide top-quality service at very realistic prices, so that families can navigate this difficult time without being concerned about being taken advantage of. Contact us today, and let’s talk about your family’s desires for your loved one’s remains.