While cremation is obviously a popular choice for body disposition 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 Lakewood, OH cremations that you should – but perhaps don’t – know.
Bring Your Own Urn Possible
First things first. The cremation services provider you sign on with will have a wide range of urns in different styles, made out of various materials and sold at numerous price points to fit virtually any budget. It will be more convenient if you buy the urn that will house your deceased loved one’s ashes 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.
Embalming May Not be Necessary
Embalming is not usually required as long as the body disposition is carried out in a timely manner – usually within about two days. Cremation tends to be done without much by the way of delay, which usually renders embalming unnecessary. But if you will have a public viewing, then you will need embalming to slow down the decomposition process and to sanitize the body.
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.
Memorial Services Don’t Have to Cost Much
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 Lakewood, 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!