Arrangements Preplanning Information
Cremation Arrangements Preplanning
Why Cremation Arrangements are Growing as a Choice:
is becoming the predominant final arrangements choice at death in the US.
Cremation Scattering services are becoming a more and more popular method of
memorialization for many Americans.
This form of final disposition has
grown quite rapidly in recent years. Since just 1987 when cremation accounted
for 15.21% of the deaths, it is projected to grow three fold to
47.09% of the deaths according to the Cremation Association of America.
Canada will increase from 30.85% in 1987 to 46.97% of
deaths in 2010.
The reasons are varied but a common
thread seems to be economics. Compared to an average over $5,000 for a
" standard funeral" and burial, cremation arrangements appear to make an attractive economic choice, to many. It remains to be seen if
this will continue its projected trend upward.
arrangements as part of your final arrangements, makes for some
interesting choices for you, in planning. Our charts attempt, but
could never, cover all the actual and psychological decisions you will
face when this is your arrangement choice.
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Who will provide Cremation Service?
Memorial Society. There
are both profit and non-profit organizations at the national and state
level. You may find, with a little checking, a local chapter or group in
your area. Remember, these organizations were set up to provide an
alternative to the traditional death care system, with a marked economic
savings to those using their services. In most cases you will find a
sensitive ear to any issues you may have, so don't be afraid to ask
questions. Check the links page or your Yellow
Pages under Associations, Funeral Pre-Planning Services or Memorial
Family Funeral Director.
Though many think funeral directors are only interested in traditional
funeral plans, you will find your local director is first a dedicated
servant of your family and community. Most directors can provide the services
you may need. Many have added specialty cremation service arrangements
because so many are requesting them.
Directly deal with a Crematorium (if allowed by law).
Most States require a licensed funeral director to oversee any kind of
death care, therefore, you will likely deal with a licensed director who
will work with you in your planning and be able to answer any issues
of arrangement you may have. Normally there will be various levels of
service. The basic level will include documentation, transportation of the
deceased, the cremation itself, remains delivery and releases. Beyond the
basic, services, similar to those of a traditional funeral home, are
available from many of the providers.
How do You want the Memorial Services
|Traditional Funeral service with cremation afterwards
as funeral requirements as well as
Cremation services. If you are considering this your will need to
coordinate with your funeral director. There generally is a service
package for just this type of arrangement.
|Direct Cremation memorial service at funeral home.
to a funeral director as to what type of arrangements they offer when your
needs won't require some of the normal services. Many offer a different
fee structure for these types of services.
Cremation and memorial service without a
funeral home service.
cemetery facilities for the memorial service, if your planning includes a
- Religious facility arrangement
often can be done.
- A private home is sometimes
Cremation and non-traditional services
- Burial at Sea
- Wind Scatter
of these unique arrangements should be discussed with those who you will
have carry them out. Absolutely, instructions need to be included in your
written arrangements document to insure they are carried out. (Check Links
this page for some of the providers of these services.)
How will you be ultimately memorialized for loved
ones, throughout time?
Note: The grief process is such, that
psychologists suggest some form of physical remembrance is crucial to
closure to some surviving family members.
niches are available in a variety of setting from most cemeteries often as
part of their mausoleum facility.
scatter gardens are available at some and are being built at others. Check
columbarium, statuary structures grace many cemeteries and provide
an excellent, not to mention, attractive outdoor setting as an alternative to an inside
in a Cremation garden of a cemetery. For those who want the
tradition of a grave site with memorial stone or bronze this fits both the
esthetics and economics, as the costs are generally lower.
standard burial plot. In most areas a single plot can be used by two
individuals as long as one is cremated. Some cemeteries restrict memorial
religious organizations provide niche facilities at some churches. This is
often restricted to congregation members.
scattering is the arrangement, you may consider some form of plaque or
other memorial artifact to be placed as part of a park, cemetery, building
or other appropriate physical location.