Planning for a cremation can be very difficult and time consuming, given the emotional distress involved, along with the possibility that you may not even know how to go about handling such things. No one likes to plan for their own death, or the death of a loved one, but as it is reality that everyone will die someday, it’s something that is wise to be prepared for. As cremation is becoming a more popular option, it is something worth thinking about or discussing, and then finding out what steps to take in advance, so that when the inevitable occurs, some of the stress of the process can be lessened.
To begin, you will need to locate a crematorium in your area that can provide your cremation service. This could be part of a funeral home or could be an individually operated business that does nothing but specialize in cremations. This will also likely not be too difficult to sort out, because these are not the types of businesses that are on every corner, though it’s quite likely there is more than one in your area. Your county coroner’s office may be able to give you a suggestion, or you can check with the social services department of any hospitals nearby. Once you’ve been given suggestions, you can make calls to each operation and get pricing as well as details regarding how they handle the process from start to finish. If you’re a bit on the fence regarding cremation, you can ask the representatives from each facility you speak with to explain the benefits and differences from a traditional funeral.
You should also find out what services may not be included, or even available with, the cremation. Some locations may perform the cremation only and do not offer any other on-site services. Some will assist you in arranging for things such as memorial services or the scattering of the cremated remains. If you are looking for certain things to go along with the cremation, be sure to ask which services can be granted to you. As well, many locations will offer special services to active or retired military members. If this applies to you or the person whose cremation you may be planning, be sure to mention this and ask what can be provided for you.
You can also inquire about paying for cremation services in advance, and if paid in full whether the rate will remain the same even if the service is not utilized until several years down the road. This can be a good way to ensure that there is one less thing that surviving family will need to worry about during their time of grief.