Choosing Between Traditional And Direct Cremation: Which Option Is Right For Your Loved One?

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Choosing Between Traditional And Direct Cremation: Which Option Is Right For Your Loved One?

17 January 2018
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When it comes to choosing cremation for your loved one, there are a couple of different options to choose from. The one you choose may depend on your family's wishes or the available budget. Here are a few things to consider that might help you do decide which option is the right one for your family.

Do You Want A Viewing?

For some families, having a viewing before the cremation is performed can be a great comfort. It can provide closure for those who are coming to grips with the loss, and it can feel more like a traditional funeral. For this option, you'll likely rent a casket from the funeral home for the viewing and funeral service. Ask your funeral home director about casket rental options and costs to help determine if this option is right for you.

Is Your Family Spread Out Across The Country?

If your family will be traveling from far away to attend a funeral, you may want to consider direct cremation. Having the cremation performed right away means that you'll have the urn and cremains back in time for any memorial you plan, and you can also enjoy extra time to plan the memorial service. With a traditional funeral and burial, you'll need to hold the funeral soon after your loved one passes away, and you'll also need the same timing if you want a viewing before the cremation is performed.

Do You Have A Limited Budget?

The cost of direct cremation averages between $1,000 and $2,000, while a complete funeral package can cost up to $9,000. If your family has limited means, direct cremation may be the better option. Remember that you can still host a memorial for your loved one at any point in time, and you can even host it at your home to save money. If you prefer to have a funeral service or memorial in a more traditional setting, talk to your funeral home director about budget-friendly options you can use to give your loved one the funeral you want without spending too much money. In some cases, your funeral home may be able to offer discounts or financing to help with the cost of the services.

Your funeral home director can walk you through the process for cremation so you and your family know what to expect, and he or she can also help you to understand the different cremation options so you can choose the one that's right for your loved one and your family. For more information, contact companies like APlus Cremation.