The loss of a loved one is an incredibly painful and traumatic process. The emotional despair combined with all the logistical stress of planning and arranging a funeral and memorial services can feel unbearable. There are just too many important decisions to make, and your head may not be in the right place to handle such pressure.
This article seeks to answer some of the questions you may have about cremation services. Cremations have noticed an uptick in popularity in recent years, and are projected to reach a rate of 72.8% in the U.S by the year 2030, according to the Cremation Association of North America. If you are considering this choice for your loved one's remains, we hope to relieve some of the stress or uncertainty you may feel regarding this decision. It's important, however, that you realize there is no wrong option. Choose the process that feels more comfortable for you and your family, and that best honors the life and legacy of your deceased loved one.
If you are considering this path, you will begin by visiting a crematory to discuss the process with the crematory technician. He or she will serve as your guideposts throughout this entire difficult process. These technicians are trained not only in all of the logistical steps of the process, but also in the handling of grief. They are educated and equipped to interact with grieving families in the most considerate and respectful ways possible.
It's critical that you find a crematory technician who makes you feel safe and calm. While this process will bring great despair and discomfort, an experienced crematory technician will alleviate some of your nagging fears and help you feel more at ease during the process. If you don't feel comfortable with a particular crematory or its staff, don't be afraid to switch to a place where you feel more at peace.
Your crematory technician will have the entire cremation process outlined for you. They will explain, in-depth, the cremation costs, legal protocols, safety procedures, and all of the steps of the cremation from start to finish. It's important that your crematory technician is thorough and transparent with you. If you have a question or confusion of any kind, don't be afraid to ask and have it cleared up for you. This is not a process that leaves room for any kind of uncertainty.
Once your crematory technician has detailed all of the necessary steps and has answered all of your questions, you can begin to make your decision. But don't feel the need to rush it. While you may indeed have time constraints related to your funeral arrangements, it's perfectly fine to think the decision through before moving forward in the process. If you find yourself in need of our services, don't hesitate to reach out. We would be honored to be a part of your loved one's celebration of life.