Cremation is sometimes recommended as a low-budget alternative to traditional burial. Here is a breakdown of the potential costs of cremation, and how you can potentially exclude them from your plan.
Renting or Buying a Casket (Optional)
The costs of renting a casket are reserved for families who want to have an open casket viewing before having the body cremated. You can usually rent a casket from your funeral home. You also have the choice of buying a casket, and this can be used to bury the ashes in a cemetery plot.
Memorializing a loved one that has passed can go a long way in helping heal the pain of a death. Set up a memorial site to honor the life lived, and to provide a peaceful place to go and remember your departed loved one. Having a place to go and think about the person that passed can help with grief, particularly among children. Some tips for setting up your own memorial site include the following:
If a member of your family has passed away and a cremation is scheduled, the person's body doesn't have to take this final journey alone. Many families opt to attend the cremation; doing so can help to provide closure as well as giving the family a private chance to share some reflections on the life of the loved one. It's a good idea to speak to a representative of the funeral home to find out what rules the local crematorium may have.
Death is highly impactful; however, to what degree it affects someone varies. This is especially the case when it comes to teenagers. During these years, children are learning to manage their own emotions, while striving for greater privacy and independence, which is a challenge in and of itself and grief only elevates the difficulty bar. Parents should know how to recognize when the load is too heavy for their child to bear on their own.
At-home burial can be a healing experience where your family is able to grieve in an organic and intimate manner, but it can also be hard on them because they'll be emotionally compromised and won't be able to easily make decisions. Here are three ways you can make the process easier for them.
1. Do the research and planning in advance
When you first decide that at-home burial is right for you, you've hopefully done at least some research already to help you become familiar with the process so you can make the most informed decision.