How to Arrange for Cremation

A pre-arranged cremation is an alternative to traditional full-body burial funeral services. There are several advantages to cremation arrangements as a way to make your end of life arrangements.

The cremation cost is chief among these advantages as you forego the expense of having a costly casket as part of the funeral expenditures. Another advantage is having options of what to do with your cremated remains as they do not necessarily need to be interred in the earth.

You can typically find out how to arrange for cremation services easily enough by working with a funeral director at a funeral home much as you would for a traditional burial service. There are different costs and products associated with a cremation funeral as well, so you may want to investigate those options more closely. Furthermore, for those who adhere to a particular religious practice, you may wish to find out how your religion handles the practice of cremation.

Pre-Arranged Cremation Services

When figuring out how to arrange for cremation funerals, you may wish to look at the different types of services possible with a cremation. Similar to a traditional burial service, a cremation funeral may involve putting the ashes into the ground, or you may instead opt for having a funeral service completely separate from the actual cremation. Alternatively, some cremation arrangements may take place after a funeral service so that there is a feel of a traditional funeral service that instead gives way to cremation for the handling of the mortal remains of the deceased. Some other factors you may wish to consider with cremation pre-arrangements include:

  • Where you wish to have services if you want services before cremation.
  • Where to hold memorial services if you elect to have them held sometime after the cremation.
  • If you will be laying the cremated remains to rest in an entombment, a mausoleum, or other burial arrangement, do you wish to have any memorial service in conjunction with the internment of the remains.

How to Arrange for Cremation Remains

There are a number of options for cremation arrangements and handling of the remains once the cremation is completed. Typically, cremated remains are buried in a cemetery in smaller plots in the ground sized especially for cremated remains, or they may be placed in what is called a columbarium niche, which is found in mausoleums. Again, these columbarium niches are much smaller than the mausoleum spaces used for full-sized caskets.

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A pre-arranged cremation service may avoid interring cremated remains altogether, instead opting for scattering the ashes after or as part of a funeral service. There are also increasing novel ways in which people handle cremated remains. These can include such things as having them turned into jewelry, shot into outer space, used to make artificial reefs or even turn them into fireworks. Cremation pre-arrangements may also be quite simple, such as designating the family member or members who may receive some or all of the cremated remains after the services.

Products Associated With Cremation Arrangements

Pre-arrangement cremation services include choices for particular products you may want for your funeral. Depending upon the particular type of service you wish to have for your last rites as well as any personal preferences you may have will help you decide the sorts of products you purchase. These cremation arrangement products can include some or all of the following:

  • A casket – If you decide to have viewings and a funeral service before your cremation, you may need to purchase a casket with which to have the viewings and services. You may also have the option to rent a casket for these purposes. You can speak with your funeral director about these options. In either case you will need a cremation casket for the cremation process. You may wish to have a separate one that is more aesthetically pleasing for any funeral services and a separate one for the cremation process.
  • A container – Once the cremation process is complete, your cremation arrangements will have to include the container into which your ashes are to be placed for storage. The types of containers you may choose to purchase can vary according to whether the remains are to be kept by family members or placed into the ground or columbarium niche in a mausoleum.
    • If you are going to have your cremated remains placed in a cemetery, they may have policies regarding the sorts of containers you may use. These sorts of containers may require you to purchase grave liners, burial vaults, or outer burial containers. When making any pre-arranged cremation plans, is important that you speak with the cemetery into which you are having your remains placed to ascertain any pertinent guidelines to which you are subject.
  • Markers – You may need to speak with your cemetery to find out if they require headstones and/or grave markers and what, if any, guidelines they may impose upon you that could affect your purchase options. A cemetery may restrict you to working with specific vendors, for example.

Cremation Costs

Cremation arrangements typically cost less than traditional funeral services, at least in most cases. For most funerals a straightforward cremation and placement of ashes into a container are significantly less than a funeral service accompanied by a burial in a traditional cemetery. However, the cremation cost can add up quickly when you factor in the many things that go into a full-service cremation service. The list of items you may need to purchase for a cremation service include the products you will need.

Arrangements for a cremation also include services. These services typically include such things as transportation of the body from the place of expiration to the crematorium, the cost of the actual cremation, and the services provided by the staff at a funeral home. Cremation costs also include cemetery costs such as the burial plot or columbarium niche, opening and closing a grave spot, endowment care fees, and the installation of headstones or grave markers.

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