Choosing a cremation service provider is a major decision to make. 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.
Cremation providers vary in many ways, especially pricing and packages. Have your prospective provider break down all the details for you. This is dictated by a law called the Funeral Rule. They should give you a list of their packages and the costs of each one. 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 making final arrangements through a funeral home, find out if they have an onsite crematory. Most funeral homes have crematory partners. If their cremations are done somewhere else, or if you’ve decided on a stand-alone crematory, inquire how they intend to transport your loved one to and from the funeral home. The remains are sometimes placed in a cardboard box when they are returned. 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. Obviously, you want to make sure you get the right remains back.
Options for Gatherings
Consider the type of gathering you and your family would like to have. Whatever remembrance service you pick will have an impact on the available options for the cremation process itself. If your loved one has expressed his preference for a funeral service, ask about renting a casket. 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. 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, 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. The biggest source of such reviews is no other than the World Wide Web. 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.