Posted on: 11 November 2022Share
COVID-19 have made people rethink many traditions they have adhered to in the past. Due to being unable to meet in large numbers, funeral services are one of the traditions that have been reexamined. While cremation services have always been an option, it is now becoming more popular. One of the most popular cremation options is direct cremation. There are numerous advantages to allowing the funeral home to handle the body this way.
The body is transported directly from the morgue to the crematorium when you choose a direct cremation. The funeral home does not embalm the body, so no toxic embalming chemicals are released into the air or absorbed into the soil.
Direct cremation also reduces carbon emissions due to limiting the amount of transportation the body requires. With traditional services, the funeral home moves the body multiple times. Each of these moves releases carbon emissions from the fuel.
Direct cremation is one of the most cost-effective ways to care for the body of a loved one. You save on the cost of funeral services, gravesites, caskets, and all the other add-ons needed for a traditional service.
With on-site direct cremation services, your costs are usually limited to the cost of the cremation itself. There will also be small administrative fees to pay for the service's transportation and coordination and your death certificates and other documentation.
With direct cremation, the ashes of your loved one will be returned to you and your family within a few days of the cremation. While many people choose to purchase an urn and set the ashes on the mantle, there is a wide variety of options.
If you want to inter the ashes, you can choose to bury the ashes in their own grave or the grave of another loved one. Some cemeteries offer scattering gardens with memorial plaques.
The ashes can be transported and spread over a favorite place or location. You can take one last vacation together. For example, many cruise lines even offer the option of releasing the ashes off the back of the ship. While this may seem to be something you can do yourself, you need to ask in advance. There are a few rules and regulations surrounding this.
You can split the ashes with friends and family so that you will have a part of your loved one. There are numerous vessels or even jewelry pieces designed just for this purpose. The choice is yours.
Contact a local cremation service to learn more.