Most people have made up their minds in advance on whether or not they would want a cremation or burial with some people defining this in the will. Some others are not particularly bothered and are happy for their family to make this decision on their behalf. There are a lot of different religious beliefs that also interfere with this decision making process. Here are some points to consider:
Deceased own wishes – If the deceased person has made it clear as to whether they wanted a funeral of cremation then it would be disrespectful to go against their personal wishes. Their wishes may be crystal clear in things like a Will or it may have just been communicated to family verbally and known by people. Some people have specific requests as to the type of funeral or cremation they have which can include things like the type of service, music played or even some words to be read out at the service. On the other hand, some people may not have made it clear and you need to try and second guess what they would have preferred.
Cremation Experts – As this is an extremely sensitive and emotive time for family and friends then it is important to engage experts to help you through this process. Direct Cremation options will meet with you in person, take care of all the paperwork with you and help with finance options, best providing the needs requested and keeping the time as sensitive as possible.
Cost – There are some subtle differences to the costs between a funeral and a cremation. As you can imagine, the range of these costs vary significantly depending on the specific requirements. If cost is a main motivator for you in making the decision on what route to take, we strongly advise that you use comparison sites. This may seem a little insensitive but there are actual comparison sites for funerals where you can give as much information as you can and the different companies will provide you with competitive quotes. It’s almost like car insurance sites.
Religious beliefs – People with religious beliefs may have specific needs you need to take into consideration. Even if you are not a religious person, remember that the funeral is about the needs of the person who passed away and to not follow through with them would be considered disrespectful. In western society nowadays religion is playing a less integral role in these types of decisions but remember to at least take them into account.
Advice – The funeral directors are all available by phone. We would recommend that you call them and speak direct with them to put you at ease with any questions you may have. They can help facilitate religious activities, car, coffin and other specific requests you may have. In addition the internet is full of different advice and options of live help and forums on different sites. Utilise these as much as you can to help you make an informed choice.