When faced with the loss of a loved one or contemplating your own end-of-life arrangements, making decisions about funeral services can be overwhelming. Cremation has gained popularity as a respectful and versatile option, offering a range of choices for families. There are some things you should know when considering cremation services for yourself or a loved one that can allow you to make informed decisions during this challenging time.
What is Cremation?
Should you hold a private funeral for your loved one or, if pre-planning, for yourself? The answer may be yes, and there are good reasons to do so. What benefits does a private funeral have over a public one? Here are a few of the most compelling reasons some choose not to share their funeral with the world.
1. It's Less Expensive. For some families, the cost is not an issue when it comes to funeral planning.
Choosing a funeral home is a very infrequent activity for most people. For some, it may even be once in a lifetime. Selecting the right funeral home is not as difficult as you think, even if you have numerous funeral parlors in your city. The process may require asking a few questions, but here is a guide to help you.
What Type Of Service Do You Want?
One of the first things you must decide is what service you want.
While the funeral or memorial is the centerpiece of planning after the death of a loved one, it's not always the only gathering. Many families organize a wake, a viewing, and/or a visitation. What is the difference? And which may be right for your family?
Here's what you need to know about additional funeral service options.
1. A Viewing
The most personal of gatherings is generally that for a viewing. Viewings are usually held before any official funerals or memorial services, and they may be held early if the deceased person is not embalmed.
To most people, a cemetery is a gloomy place in the corner of the town where they dread driving or walking past. This couldn't be further from the truth, and it's quite unfortunate that the amenity's importance becomes apparent when you need to bury a loved one. That said, cemeteries bring communities together and give insights into the local community's history. Here are four reasons why every community should have one.