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.
Few people want to think about their own funeral. However, taking the time and effort to pre-plan your funeral offers a number of benefits. You don't have to worry about the money you pay a funeral home not being there when you need it. All 50 states, including Ohio and Connecticut, require that funeral homes keep your money in an insurance, trust or escrow account until you die. In addition, most funeral homes allow you to transfer your arrangements to another home should you move to another part of the country.