If a loved one of yours recently passed and you are in charge of making the funeral arrangements, you have some big decisions to make in the coming days. If the deceased wished to be cremated, then one option you can consider is called direct cremation. Here's a closer look at what this option entails and the benefits it offers.
What is direct cremation?
Direct cremation is when the body is cremated very soon after death without first being embalmed.
One of the many benefits of choosing cremation for a loved one is that you have the freedom and flexibility to host a memorial service that works for everyone in your family. That includes giving everyone time to fly in for the memorial and prepare eulogies or tribute videos. With a little planning and the help of your funeral home director, you can host a celebration of life ceremony that truly honors your loved one.
Given the cost of the average funeral and the emotional turmoil that your friends and family members are likely to experience when you pass away, one of the most important actions you can take today is to pre-plan your funeral. However, doing so isn't always easy and there are a number of expensive and binding decisions that you'll need to make. Fortunately, it's often possible to save money on your funeral costs and advice for doing so is discussed in the following sections.
Planning a funeral is never easy, especially considering the wide range of emotions you might be dealing with. It can be especially hard when you have to work with a budget and you are not sure how to make that work. To help you plan a funeral, while cutting back on the cost some, you will want to review the following suggestions.
Do Not Have As Many Viewing Days
A lot of people are used to there being a couple of days for friends and family to come to the viewing home to pay their final respects.
Sending flowers is one way to pay your respects at a time of loss, but what about when the deceased is very young? Flowers are always fitting and appreciated, but send something a bit different when it is to honor a child or young person.
Some ideas to inspire your funeral flowers include:
Musical motivations. If you want to honor a student who played in a band or someone who enjoys music, talk with your florist about a musical instrument-themed wreath.