When it comes to your's or a loved one's final resting place, there are more options than ever before. While many still prefer a burial, cremation has become more popular in recent years. In fact, in the US the cremation rate is now just over 50 percent. For many, cremation seems like a simple option. However, there are still plenty of decisions to make when it comes to cremation. Here are three things that should be taken into account when it comes to cremation.
When it comes to cremation, there are a variety of options. With direct cremation, the body is cremated within a few days, and there is no visitation or funeral ceremony. For many, a direct cremation is the right option. However, for those who want to have a little more time with their loved one, there are other options. A memorial service performed after the cremation with friends and family present is a popular option. A full funeral service, with a visitation or viewing, is also possible before cremation. This often requires that the body is embalmed in order to prepare it for the visitation or viewing. A funeral service before cremation adds to the overall cost, but for those who want a viewing, it's the best option.
When making final plans, it's also important to consider the cost. Direct cremation services cost between $1,000 and $2,500 on average. A cremation with a memorial service costs on average between $3,000 and $5,000. A traditional funeral with a visitation or viewing before the cremation is the most expensive option. This option can cost between $6,500 and $16,500. With this option, many also choose to have the ashes buried in a plot or mausoleum afterward.
While many choose to have the ashes either buried or dispersed in a ceremony, urns are another option to consider. The remains can be kept in one large urn or divided up into multiple smaller urns that can be given to friends and family members. Basic urns start between $30 and $150 while more ornate urns typically run between $1,000 and $5,000. Deciding what type of urn will be used is important when it comes to cremation. Urns allow loved ones to keep a piece of the deceased with them at all times.
Cremation is becoming more popular than ever. While direct cremation is what comes to mind for most people, it's also possible to have funeral services before the cremation process. Cost is something to consider. Direct cremation is the most affordable option while adding in a funeral and memorial services can increase the cost. It's also important to consider whether the remains will be scattered or placed in an urn.
Contact a company like Danks-Hinski Funeral Home for more information and assistance.