What is cremation, and how does it compare in cost to burial?
Cremation is an alternative mode of disposition to burial & entombment. It is simply the process of reducing the body to bone fragments through the application of intense heat for three to four hours in a cremation furnace. Some of the families we serve choose cremation as disposition of choice. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, Cremations were chosen 48.5% of the time in 2015.
When cremation is selected as a substitute for a traditional funeral followed by earth burial, the cost can be considerably less. A Direct Cremation disposition costs $2,675.00, including all necessary funeral director's services. A direct cremation is void of any type of service, which can be better explained here. The cost of a direct cremation DOES NOT reflect the cost of the actual cremation or additional services or merchandise.
Today, however, most cremation families choose from a variety of opportunities that provide for meaningful services for the benefit of family and friends – both before and after cremation takes place.
Among those options are: a gathering of family and friends with the body present followed by a funeral service or church service before going to the crematory, a gathering of family and friends without the body present followed by a funeral service, or a Memorial Service of remembrance at the funeral home or place of worship.
Can I really have a funeral and cremation? Aren’t they the same thing?
Yes, you can. A funeral and a cremation are not the same thing. Rather, cremation is one way a family can lay a person to rest; it is another option for families to consider along side earth burial and entombment in a mausoleum. One of the advantages of cremation is that it provides families with increased flexibility for commemorating their loved one’s live. A family might, for example, choose to have a funeral service before the cremation; a memorial service at the time of cremation or after the cremation with the urn present; or a committal service at the final disposition of cremated remains. It's completely a matter of family preference.
Can I really watch my loved one’s cremation?
Arrangements can usually be made through the funeral home for family and friends to witness the cremation. It’s best to check with the funeral home in advance if you wish to witness your loved one’s cremation. The crematory may charge an additional cost for this arrangement.