Picking a cremation service is a serious decision for any family. Before giving your commitment to a certain provider, be sure that your loved one will be well taken care of and that you will get the best value for your money.
Services to Be Included
Cremation providers vary widely but more importantly in terms of rates and package inclusions. Have your prospective provider break down all the details for you. This is mandatory as per a law commonly known as the Funeral Rule. They should give you a list of their packages and the costs of each one. But remember that if you prefer to work with a stand-alone crematory rather than a funeral home, your options will be limited.
Handling of Remains
If you’re working with a funeral home, know if they have a crematory at the site. Most funeral homes have crematory partners. If they do have a third-party partner, or if you choose to work with a stand-alone crematory, ask how they plan to move your loved one from the funeral home and back. The remains are sometimes placed in a cardboard box when they are returned. Also spend time checking out the cremation facility just to see the condition it’s in. Very importantly, ask the provider how they go about identifying remains. Obviously, you want to make sure you get the right remains back.
Consider the type of gathering you and your family would like to have. What remembrance service you choose will affect your choices for the actual cremation. If your loved one has expressed his preference for a funeral service, ask about renting a casket. If you intend to have a memorial service with the cremated remains, ask them if they can offer a place for such a service following the cremation. In addition, consider the final resting place that you know your deceased loved one would want, and ask the provider if they can accommodate that wish. Again, take note that providers offer different services and packages, so it’s always safe to ask all fo these questions before you commit to anyone.
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. Online is probably the biggest place where you can look for these reviews. But make sure you’re reading from a third-party website in order to ensure 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.