3 Important Decisions To Make When Choosing Cremation

For those thinking about how they would like to be remembered after they pass, there are several methods of final disposition available. Burial is perhaps the most common method, but cremation has become increasingly popular for several reasons: it is usually less expensive than a burial, it allows for more time to prepare for a memorial, and it does not require physical space in a particular cemetery. Yet despite these benefits, there are still a number of important decisions to make if you choose cremation as your method of disposition. Take a look below to get a better sense of three of the biggest ones. 

Type of Service

Contrary to popular belief, there are many types of services that you can choose from even if you do not have a burial. Some people choose to have a traditional service that is not unlike a formal burial, only without a casket. This is especially common if you plan to have the cremated remains placed in a mausoleum. Others choose to have a less formal memorial service that features fewer rituals and is more of a celebration of life.


Just because you plan to be cremated doesn't mean that you also wish to do away with other aspects of final disposition entirely. As such, it is worthwhile to decide whether or not you want a formal viewing to take place before cremation. Many people also give explicit permission to family members and friends to be a part of a "witnessed" cremation, in which those closest to the deceased can say their goodbyes. Both of these types of viewings will depend on the rules established by the establishments at which they are conducted—usually a funeral home and crematorium, respectively. Because of this, it's always best to consult with all relevant institutions and individuals so that any problems can be anticipated.


Cremation ashes are eventually transferred to an urn, which is another important decision to make when planning for final disposition. Not all urns are the same, and they vary with respect to size, material, and quality. Some urns are designed to hold the ashes of a single person, while others (often called "companion" urns) have been created to hold the ashes of two people. Some urns are even biodegradable, and present a unique way for the environmentally conscious to have their remains become part of a place that is special to them.  

Contact a local cremation service to learn more.