Picking a cremation service is a serious decision for any family. Before committing to any specific provider, you should ask questions and ensure you’re loved one will be treated well and that you will receive the best value within your price range.
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Cremation providers vary in many ways, especially pricing and packages. Have your prospective provider break down all the details for you. This is a requirement of the law known as the Funeral Rule. Ask for a list of their packages and how much each one costs. But keep in mind that the choices will not be as varied if you work with a stand-alone crematory instead of a funeral home.
If you’re dealing with a funeral home, determine if they have a crematory on site. Usually, they work with third-party crematories. 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. Sometimes, the remains will be returned in a cardboard box. Also take the time to tour the cremation facility just to check if it’s clean and well-maintained. You’ll also want to find out how the remains identification process that the provider follows. You need to be confident that the right remains will be returned to you.
Consider the type of gathering you and your family would like to have. The remembrance service you pick will dictate what options you have for the cremation. If you know that your loved one wants a funeral service, ask about a casket rental. If you’re planning to hold a memorial service with the cremated remains present, ask if there will be an area where the service can be held after the cremation. Also try to remember what your loved one told about the final resting place they prefer, and see if your provider can make that possible. Always remember that not all providers can give you what you want, so you should make it a point to ask all these questions before making any decisions.
Finally, take time to go over testimonials from other clients of the funeral home or service that you’re considering. These people’s own accounts of their experiences will be helpful to you as you make decisions. Online is probably the biggest place where you can look for these reviews. But be sure to read only from independent third-party consumer websites to make sure that you have authentic information in front of you. 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.