While cremation has obviously become a popular choice for disposition of the body upon death, there may be some things about the ins and outs of the entire process that you might not be aware of. Here’s a look at 4 things about cremations that you should – but perhaps don’t – know.
It’s Possible To Bring Your Own Urn
First things first. The cremation service provider you contract with may have a very small selection of urns, made out of various materials and sold at huge markups. It may be more convenient and less costly if you buy the urn that will house your deceased loved one’s remains from the cremation services provider, but that doesn’t mean you have to. You can, as it were, bring your own urn and ask that it be used for your deceased relative’s ashes. Again, it’s often more practical to buy the urn from the company that will perform the cremation – especially if you opt for a package deal – but it doesn’t hurt to know all of your options. Ask your chosen provider if they will accept the container you have purchased elsewhere. At All Ohio Cremation & Burial Society we charge no fees to place the cremated remains in the urn you provide.
Embalming May Not be Necessary
Embalming is only required by funeral homes when a public viewing or visitation is a part of the arrangement or when there may be a long delay before cremation or burial is required. Cremation tends to be done without much by the way of delay, which usually renders embalming unnecessary. Make sure you get the details and policies of your selected cremation provider to see if they require embalming or if there is a charge for use of temperature controlled environments.
Ashes Pose No Health Risks
Scattering ashes is not a problem. But you should be wary about doing so on private property unless you’ve been granted permission to do so. And since the cremation ashes pose no environmental or health risks whatsoever, you will be able to scatter without fear either of violating laws or endangering the environment or other people. Do know that what Hollywood has portrayed cremated remains as is not typically accurate. There is weight (6-10 lbs.) and volume (160 - 250 cubic inches) to cremated remains and because of their composition they will not dissolve in water or “sink” into the earth.
Memorial Services Don’t Have to Cost Much and Can Take Place Anywhere
It’s customary to hold a memorial service after a cremation. While by no means a must, a memorial can provide a great opportunity for family, friends and well-wishers to gather in a more informal setting. You can hold a memorial — which is really a celebration of the deceased’s life — at a private property, at a rented banquet hall, in a park and in various other places. If you don’t want to have to cook all the food or pay for catering, hold it at a free or cheap venue like a church fellowship hall and adopt a potluck theme where everyone is assigned to being something. You can definitely have a meaningful memorial without spending a lot of money.
Before you have the memorial services, you’ll want to explore cremations in Cleveland, OH at All Ohio Cremation & Burial Society. We have various options and very competitive pricing. Call us at (216) 631-4500 for a free consultation. We’re committed to providing great customer service and helping you during a difficult time. You can also speak to one of our team members in person at 16150 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, OH 44135. Reach out when you need us!