Pre-planning end-of-life arrangements is something that many people do not want to do. In fact, having to face that there even is an end of life is something many people try to avoid. When you do find yourself facing it, you may find yourself fearful of some of the options. These fears, especially ones dealing with cremation services, can come from various places. Here are some of those concerns and the truth behind them. With this information in mind, perhaps some of your fears can be put aside and you can move forward with the ideal planning options for your needs.
There is a misconception that cremation services have a waiting list. This misconception has led to fears of not being cremated properly, being cremated far later than expected, or being cremated with other bodies in order to free up space on a waitlist queue. The truth is that many cremation services do not have a waiting list at all. If there is a waiting list, it is generally due to pandemics or other serious issues, and the queues are moved through as fast as possible. Regardless of any special queue provisions, your body will not be cremated with other bodies.
A part of being able to find closure and say goodbye to a loved one is to have a memorial service. There is a common misconception that this type of service is not part of normal cremation options. The truth is that you can have a traditional memorial service before or following your cremation. Many funeral directors offer this option and allow your cremation urn to be placed at the front of the room or the chapel. A picture of you is usually placed by the urn, and a guest or memorial book is placed nearby. You can also have the memorial service live-streamed for those guests that can not make it to the service.
A fear for many people is that if they choose cremation, they will not be able to be buried with a loved one or in a family cemetery site. The truth is that you can have a traditional graveside service with your cremains buried alongside a partner or family member. The service can even include a mock casket to give the full graveside burial feel. When the service is over, the urn is placed in the appropriate spot at the site and the casket is then removed and taken back to the cremation services building or funeral home.
When you feel it is time to begin planning your cremation, contact your funeral home. They can schedule a consultation to discuss the options available to you and the plans you have in mind. They can also help you determine what cremation services may be ideal for your plans and for your memorial needs.
To learn more, contact a resource like the American Cremation Society (Ridgemoor Chapels).