Losing a loved one can be pretty stressful. In addition to dealing with the loss, you must organise a befitting send-off for your deceased loved one. In some cases, the deceased leaves a will detailing how they want to get interred. If not so, it will be up to you to decide whether to bury or cremate them.
Cremation is one option that has risen in popularity. Here are four guidelines that can help you give your loved one an excellent cremation service:
1. Get the Finances Together
Every type of final send-off ceremony needs finances. However, cremation is cheaper than regular burial because of several factors. First, you do not have to buy a casket, which is required in a burial. Secondly, you won't need to organise a service by the graveside, which of course comes at a cost. Besides, you will not require a headstone and all the other accessories that come with the grave and the burial process.
However, you still need money to pay for the crematorium, buy the urn and organise the memorial service. You can raise the money through fundraising, or check whether the deceased had a funeral fund set up.
2. Choose Appropriate Date for the Service
The second step when organising a cremation ceremony is choosing the ideal date for the service. The date depends on what your loved one wanted as well as the preferred crematorium. Ask your friends or family which day of the week they feel is most convenient for them. Pick the day when you have a likelihood of having most people attending the ceremony.
3. Get the Right Location
Location is crucial when choosing a cremation date. If your loved one already set up a service with a specific funeral home, you will have to ask the facility when they are available for the service. You can also choose a location depending on what you think is the best way to honour the deceased person. Choose a funeral home that will reflect their personality.
4. Plan for Any Controversies
Losing a loved one can be an emotionally charged experience for the family members. Sometimes, people get lost in their emotions and quarrel about minor issues. The best way to avoid embarrassing situations is by thinking about all possible sources of conflicts and addressing them before the cremation date.
Having a thorough cremation ceremony depends on how well you plan for it. Therefore, take time and consult the right funeral director to help you with the plans. With their guidance, you will organise the perfect send-off for your loved one.