When you are planning a funeral, one of the things that you have to think about is the final disposition of your loved one. There are a lot of methods that you can choose from, depending on you, your family, and your beliefs.
One of the things that you can choose is cremation. A lot of people like this method because it is generally less expensive and they get to keep their loved ones with them. With cremation, you can choose to have a viewing for your loved one and then have the cremation after the funeral. You could also choose to have the cremation and then have a memorial service at a later date. One of the ways that cremation is less expensive is the fact that you don't have to pay for a fancy coffin. A very simple coffin is perfect for a cremation. If you are having a viewing, then the funeral home may have a coffin that you can use for only the viewing.
Another option is to go with a traditional burial. Everyone is familiar with how this goes. When you do this, you have to make sure that you have a grave site selected for the burial. If you live in a place where cemeteries are closed for part of the year because of the cold and how the ground will be frozen, you will also have to check with the funeral home to see if they have a storage crypt where they will be able to hold the body in its coffin until it's time for the burial.
You could also choose to go with a green burial. With this method, there generally isn't any kind of embalming because those chemicals aren't necessarily very environmentally friendly. You may also choose to go with a different coffin, one that is all wood or mostly wood so that it can gradually decompose into the ground and fertilize the soil. If you do go with this method, you will have to make sure that there is a cemetery where you can pursue a green burial. Not all cemeteries will allow this, but there are some cemeteries which are specially designed for green burials.
Planning a funeral and for what will come after is never pleasant. There are a lot of choices out there that you can choose from. There is really no right or wrong choice when it comes to the final decision; it depends on what works best for you, your family, and your circumstances.
Contact a local funeral home to learn more about your options for funeral services.