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Understanding Cremation Options / Services
Many families are now selecting cremation as their preferred option for disposition. Why are more and more people choosing cremation? There are many factors that families consider:
• Personal or Spiritual Belief
When choosing cremation as a part of your pre-planned arrangements or for a loved one, important considerations should be given to a few specific issues.
How are cremation services different from regular burial services? They're not. Services with cremation are the same as with traditional burial, unless you prefer something different. It's your choice to make, it’s your funeral.
Whatever you choose - traditional casket burial or cremation - family and friends need time to grieve and to say good-bye. This is the reason for funeral services - to support the living through the pain and loneliness of loss to acceptance and resolution.
A lot of people ask, “What are some examples of Cremation Options or Cremation Services that are commonly selected?”. We have compiled some examples of what works for some families but our staff can always customize what may work for you and/or your family: (note: the term “Memorial” traditionally means the body is not present, some people use a picture or portrait for services)
Under the FTC Funeral Rule, Funeral Directors who offer direct cremations:
• May not tell you that state or local law requires a casket for direct cremations, because none do
• Must disclose in writing your right to buy an unfinished wood box or an alternative container for a direct cremation. (Most crematories require the use of an alternative container. Alternative containers encase the body and can be made of materials like fiberboard (heavy cardboard) or composite materials.)
• Must make an unfinished wood box or other alternative container available for direct cremations.
Disposition of Cremated Remains
Another consideration that some people fail to think about is, “What will be done with the cremated remains or ashes of your loved one after the services are complete?”. In the State of Florida, cremation is considered final disposition which allows families to utilize a wide variety of options for disposition of the cremated remains. We have compiled some commonly used options for the disposition of cremated remains / ashes (no family is limited to these options, our staff wants to help plan what works for your family):
• Scattering - (e.g. Ocean / Gulf, River, Lake, Mountains, Sacred Place, Church Scattering Gardens etc.)