What to Ask Yourself When Considering Cremation for a Deceased Loved One
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 .