Are you planning a funeral for a loved one who has passed on? If so, and
if they did not leave instructions regarding their choices for the funeral
service, then you may be wondering whether
cremation is the right option. Continue reading to learn what questions you should
ask yourself when making this decision.
Is cremation appropriate for the person’s faith?
If your deceased loved one was religious, then learning about her religion’s
opinion on cremation is important. For some denominations and sects, cremation
is a preferred method while for others, it is forbidden or frowned upon.
Consider reaching out to a religious leader in your community or learn
if your chosen funeral home offers information on religions and funeral customs.
Is cost a factor in this decision?
Cremation is a funeral option that steadily increases in popularity. One
reason for this growth is that it can be a more affordable option than
ground burial. However, the various services that you elect for can cause
the expense of a cremation burial to increase, so determining the overall
cost of the services and ceremony can be an important part of making this decision.
Does our family have burial traditions and customs?
For some families, following a tradition of either burial or cremation
can be an important consideration. If your deceased loved one left no
indication regarding her preference, then following family tradition may
be a good decision.
What options are available following the cremation process?
Cremation is a versatile funeral option, and it’s common for people
to wonder what can be done with cremated remains. You can choose to scatter
some or all the cremated remains or store them in one or more urns to
be kept at 2 or more households or other locations. The urn containing
the cremated remains can also be buried in-ground, stored in a cremation
niche, or interred within structures like cremation boulders and benches.
At Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, we offer cremation services in Oakland
along with helpful funeral planning resources. Please call (510) 654-0123
if you would like to learn more.