Picking a cremation service is a serious decision for any family. Before giving your commitment to a certain provider, be sure that your loved one will be well taken care of and that you will get the best value for your money.
Services to Be Included
Not all cremation providers are created equal, especially when it comes to packages and prices. Have your prospective provider break down all the details for you. This is a requirement of the law known as the Funeral Rule. Let them give you a list of packages and their specific prices. Do take note that if you go with a stand-alone crematory, you do not have as many options as you would with a funeral home.
Handling of Remains
If you’re working with a funeral home, know if they have a crematory at the site. In most cases, they will have crematory partners. If they outsource cremations, or if you’re working with a stand-alone crematory, know how your loved one will be transferred to and from the funeral home. The remains are sometimes placed in a cardboard box when they are returned. Make it a point to visit the cremation facility too just to know if it’s clean and properly maintained. You will also want to know how the provider identifies remains. Obviously, you want to make sure you get the right remains back.
Consider how you and your family members usually like to conduct your gatherings. The remembrance service you pick will dictate what options you have for the cremation. If your loved one has expressed his preference for a funeral service, ask about renting a casket. If you’re holding a memorial service in the presence of the cremated remains, ask the provider if there will be an area in which you can have the service post-cremation. In addition, consider the final resting place that you know your deceased loved one would want, and ask the provider if they can accommodate that wish. Always remember that not all providers can give you what you want, so you should make it a point to ask all these questions before making any decisions.
Finally, take time to go over testimonials from other clients of the funeral home or service that you’re considering. What these people have to say can help you make decisions. The biggest source of such reviews is no other than the World Wide Web. But be sure to read only from independent third-party consumer websites to make sure that you have authentic information in front of you. By nature, a marketing website is made to promote the business behind it or destroy its competitors, so you will probably find manufactured reviews in there.