When a loved one passes, there are many decisions that need to be made. Amongst the most important comes with funeral arrangements, and deciding how their life will be celebrated in a way they would have wanted.
It can be a challenge trying to figure out which option is best suited to you and your family’s situation, especially when you don’t have the necessary information.
Even if you know that your loved one wanted a cremation, you may not be aware of your options for where, and how, their cremation can be handled.
So, to help make things easier for you, here’s a direct comparison on the differences between a traditional, and direct cremation.
Traditional cremation service vs direct cremation
To start things off, let’s explore what a traditional cremation service involves.
In many cases, you’ll be working with a funeral home to arrange more than just a cremation itself. This is generally sold as a ‘package’ offering which may also include services, such as:
- Embalming and dressing your loved one before the cremation service
- Transportation of your loved one to and from the funeral home
- A private viewing for friends and family before the cremation (with either open or closed casket)
- A witness to observe the cremation as it takes place
- A memorial service and/or traditional funeral service
On top of this, you’ll likely be given the option to include flowers, catering services, a decorative urn, and much more, which is typically charged at an additional fee.
Direct cremations, though, are a much more straight forward and cost-effective alternative.
Rather than having an elaborate service with viewings, flowers, and everything else involved, direct cremations focus on the fundamentals. This means you get the transportation and the cremation itself, without the fuss of a traditional funeral service.
Not only does this mean you’re free from the otherwise strict timetable of a traditional cremation service, but you can save a lot of money by doing so too. In fact, let’s have a look at the costs involved for each service and find out exactly how much you could potentially save.