With cremating, the person’s remains are burned until they turn to ash, which is then called as “created remains” or “cremains”. After the body has been cremated, the person’s loved ones can have the remains buried, scattered, kept in an urn with them, or interred in a columbarium.
To prepare yourself and your family for all the things concerning the cremating process, the best thing to do is to make sure that you ask a lot of questions regarding how you want the cremation to take place. Take a look at all the possible choices that you have before you decide so that you can arrive at a sound conclusion.
Types of Services
Cremation has similarities with the regular burial methods in a way that there is more than one form of service available. A lot of people believe that you cannot, or at least it’s not customary, have a traditional funeral if you have been cremated. On the contrary, a traditional funeral can actually precede the cremating process. However, you may go for the direct option, wherein the remains will be cremated immediately without the funeral beforehand, and you can just have the service afterwards.
Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself:
•If you opt to have a service before the cremation, where would you want it to take place?
•If you opt to have the service after being cremated, where and when would you want it to take place
•If you want the remains to be buried or entombed, would you opt to have a service before the remains are interred?
If you want to have the remains buried or entombed either in the cemetery or in a columbarium, you can choose to have a graveside service, which is the service conducted around the interment.
How to Handle the Remains
There are also various options that you can choose from regarding what you can do with the cremated remains. Usually, the remains are either buried in the cemetery, scattered somewhere, or are interred in the columbarium where it is kept in a container such as an urn.
In addition to these, new ways of handling the cremated remains have also become popular, such as turning the remains into jewelry, using them to create artificial reefs, shooting them in fireworks, or sending them to space.
Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself regarding this matter:
•If you choose to have the remains buried in a cemetery, do you have any specifications for the cemetery? Does the cemetery need to be religious? For veterans only? For a specific nationality? Does it have to be green?
•If you choose to have the remains buried, is there a necessity for you to purchase a cemetery plot?
•If you choose to have the remains entombed, is there a necessity for you to buy a columbarium niche space?
•Do you want the remains to stay with your family? Who would you like to handle the remains?
•Do you want to scatter the remains? Where would you want to scatter the remains?
If you choose to have a funeral service before the cremation, you will need to consult with a funeral home in making arrangements. A funeral director will be able to assist you in making your plans, and in coordinating with a crematory where the cremation can take place.
If you want to have the remains cremated before the service, you can directly work with the crematory. However, before you do this, keep in mind that laws regarding the cremating process vary from one state to another, so you might still need to coordinate with a funeral home for that matter.