Choosing a cremation service provider is a major decision to make. Before you commit to any provider in particular, you make sure your loved one’s remains will be handled with respect and that you will get the highest value for your chosen package.
Not all cremation providers are created equal, especially when it comes to packages and prices. Ask your potential provider to explain all the details to 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. But remember that if you prefer to work with a stand-alone crematory rather than a funeral home, your options will be limited.
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. Sometimes, the remains will be returned in a cardboard box. Make it a point to visit the cremation facility too just to know if it’s clean and properly maintained. Very importantly, ask the provider how they go about identifying remains. You need to be confident that the right remains will be returned to you.
Options for Gatherings
Consider the type of gathering you and your family would like to have. The remembrance service you pick will dictate what options you have for the cremation. If you know that your loved one wants a funeral service, ask about a casket rental. 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. Additionally, consider what your deceased loved one would have wanted for their final resting place, and check with the provider if such a wish may be given a chance. 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, read some testimonials about the funeral home or service you’re considering as written by people who have actually worked with them. These people’s own experiences can be a huge help as you try to make an educated decision. The Internet is likely to be the largest source of these reviews. But make sure you only stick to third-party consumer websites for purposes of credibility. A marketing website is biased for the business behind it and against other rival businesses, so you can expect lots of false reviews and misleading information.