It is always difficult when you lose someone you love. Besides going through the emotions associated with losing a loved one, there are also many important decisions to be made. One such decision is how to lay your loved one to rest. In 2015, nearly 50 percent of Americans chose cremation services. If you choose this option, here are three things you will need to know.
One of the reasons cremation is becoming so popular is because it is far less expensive than buying a casket and paying for the body to get embalmed. The average cost of cremating a body is $1,100. Compare this with the cost of a casket which averages around $2,000 plus the embalming of the body which can cost anywhere from $200 to $700. There are also costs associated with the cosmetic restoration of the body.
Buying a Cremation Urn
If you choose not to scatter the ashes (or you choose to scatter some and keep the rest), you will want to purchase a cremation urn. While there is much to consider when buying a cremation urn, the decision does not have to be made right away. After a body is cremated, the crematorium will place the ashes in a temporary urn which can be as simple as a small cardboard box or even a plastic bag. As you are looking for the perfect urn, you will want to consider the following:
- If the urn is a keepsake that will be kept on display, it should be durable and attractive-looking
- The material the urn is made out of will largely depend on whether it is being kept inside or outdoors
- Materials to choose from include: wood, stone, ceramic, metal, or glass
- Urns can also be buried in a cemetery but you will need to check with the proper authorities for burying certain types of urns
Depending on which type of urn you choose, the price can widely vary. The simplest urn can cost just $30, but handcrafted urns can cost up to $5,000.
Arranging a Cremation
To arrange a cremation for your loved one, you will want to check with local funeral homes to see if this is a service they offer. A funeral director who is professionally licensed will be able to assist you with all of the legal and local requirements when it comes to cremation. The funeral director can also help you decide whether or not to hold a funeral service before the cremation or do the cremation first and then hold a memorial service.
For more information, contact Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral And Cremation Services LTD or a similar company.