Direct Cremation Services - Selecting
the Best Service For the Funeral Budget
By Chris Schopf
Most families grieving do not have time to spend
shopping around for the best burial or cremation
services. Many assume their only options are to either
hold a traditional funeral with a burial, or go with a
similar service and cremation. They have no idea what
direct cremation services are or how they can help cut
the total cost.
Funerals can get very expensive, even when using
cremation. There are flowers to buy, a casket or
cremation casket, and possibly a cremation urn depending
on which is chosen. The little costs add up very
There are official rules in place to help protect
grieving families who are emotional. However, despite
these rules, the funeral expenses can still be a burden.
This is where direct cremation services may be a better
option. The way a direct cremation works is the remains
are immediately transported to the crematorium for
cremation. There is no viewing or service prior to the
procedure taking place.
After the ashes are returned, the family can then plan
their own memorial service. A cremation urn can be used
to display the ashes so the deceased is still present
for the memorial.
For some families, this helps alleviate the cost of a
funeral. They can plan the gathering on their own
budget. The memorial could even be held in a loved one's
home or outdoors if the weather permits, which can
greatly lower costs further.
Plus, direct cremation services help lengthen the amount
of planning time the family has. Generally, burials
should be done within a matter of days. However, once
the remains are cremated you can take a little longer if
Overall, direct cremation services can relieve some of
the stress that comes with planning a traditional
funeral. There is no significant difference between the
different services, aside from one being post-cremation.
When death occurs, the focus should stay on the departed
and the family not the finances. A direct cremation can
help keep the focus where it should be by eliminating
the extraneous things that come with standard funeral
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