Is a Bethlehem, PA cremation right for you? That’s not an easy question to answer, as body disposition is a very personal choice. However, one easy way to be better equipped to answer that question is to learn more about cremation and the different types.
One type of cremation that’s becoming more and more popular is direct cremation. In direct cremation, the body is cremated immediately following death without a funeral or service beforehand. Direct cremation is a less expensive than other disposition methods, but also offers many other benefits that may explain its growing popularity.
In direct cremation, as the body is cremated right after the death without a service, the deceased’s family or loved ones can use a crematory rather than a funeral home to save money if they want. There is no funeral, wake, visitation or viewing with a direct cremation. This also allows the family to skip the embalming process, again saving money. Family, loved ones, or executors can also choose to have the body cremated in a simple container rather than a traditional and more expensive casket, as there is no need for ornamentation for a funeral. That’s three ways direct cremation can save money.
Another direct cremation benefit is that it allows family to plan a memorial service at a later date. Not only does having a service down the road give more time for saving and planning, but it also gives the family more scheduling flexibility so people from out of town can attend.
Direct cremations are becoming so popular that the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule made mandates that direct cremation rights for consumers. Some of these rights include that consumers are not required to purchase a casket and the funeral home or crematory must return the remains to the bereaved either in an urn provided by the bereaved or in a basic container furnished by the company.
Typically, crematory staff takes care of almost everything involved with a direct cremation. This includes transporting the body to the crematory, completing a death certificate form and inspecting the body before the cremation. You can also work with a traditional funeral home for direct cremations. In this case, the funeral home will fill out the death certificate and bring the body to the crematory, which is often onsite at the funeral home. Its important to note that funeral homes may charge more for direct cremation services than crematories. Check with your local funeral home or crematory for exact pricing.
Direct cremation is a great choice if you are looking to save money on preparing the body, casket, extensive transportation, or funeral services. If you want to learn more about direct cremations, or cremations in Bethlehem, PA in general, contact Cremation Specialist of Pennsylvania, Inc. We’re conveniently located at 728 Main St Avoca, PA 18641, so you can stop by and meet us in person. Give us a call today at (844) 427-3672 to schedule an appointment or to have us answer any questions you may have.