Understanding Cremation Options
There are some issues to consider when deciding between
cremation and burial. Families may encounter some discomfort with
cremation and resistance from family members for a variety of
Will your family be comfortable with cremation? Some family
members are disturbed at the thought of death itself, much less
cremation, which many perceive as a cold and uninvolved process.
They may resist your wishes when the time comes. Address it with
your family now if you want to be cremated. You can put their
unease to rest, and have peace of mind knowing your wishes will be
Direct cremation is another option--many people request to
eliminate "all the bother of funeral services" for family members.
Funeral services aren't provided for the deceased--they're there to
help support and comfort the living. Take time to consider family
and friends and their need to work through the grieving process
before you make this decision.
Scattering requests should be given careful consideration as
well. Emptying the urn of all that remains of a loved one can be a
traumatic experience--carefully consider the feelings of the family
in deciding whether or not to do this.
Another factor you should consider when deciding whether or not
to choose cremation include the fact that crematories are operated
by dedicated people with great respect for the deceased.
For purposes of safety and dignity, it's generally required that
bodies are cremated in a rigid container such as a casket or other
container approved for cremation.
Restrictions on cremation are different from state to state,
even from one cemetery to the next. Depending on the final resting
place you choose, requirements may include an urn, urn vault, and
other items. Making your choices now can help your family down the
road. In most cases, cremation satisfies federal clean air
You should check to ensure that all personal property has been
removed from the deceased at the funeral home and returned to the
family or executor unless otherwise instructed. Families should
also be mindful of valuables and mementos placed with the loved
one. For more on the cremation process, and what happens before,
during, and after, visit the
cremation process information on Funeralplan.com provided by
Association of North America.