If you’ve never planned final services for a loved one before, chances are that the first time around will be daunting. There’ll be a lot of decisions to make, such as whether to go with a Huntington, WV cremation service or a funeral service. The good news is that a funeral director can really help to take some of the load off of your shoulders. They’ll really help you make the big and small decisions so that you and your family can cremate or bury your dead.
In the event that you are leaning towards cremation, a funeral director will help you understand the body disposition option and shoot down any misconceptions you might have. But during the consultations, there are at least 4 things a funeral director won’t ever say about cremation.
1. Cremation is Only for Atheists and Agnostics
While it’s true that cremation doesn’t have the same religious underpinnings that traditional funerals do, that doesn’t mean that cremation is only for atheists and agnostics who either don’t believe in a deity or don’t quite know whether there is a deity or not. Regardless of your religious background, you can opt for cremation. You can even pair a cremation with a traditional funeral service in a church, if that’s something that would be meaningful for you and your loved ones.
2. Cremation is an Undignified Body Disposition
Attitudes about cremation have changed for the better, which is why the cremation option is now just as popular as the traditional burial option. Remember that the purpose of a cremation or a traditional earth burial is, to a large extent, to properly dispose of a deceased body. So either cremation or burial is a good way to go. Assuming the deceased did not communicate their preference before dying, your decision should be based on what you and your family want.
3. Cremations and Traditional Funerals Cost About the Same
The truth is that cremation is likely to be considerably cheaper than traditional earth burial. Of course, if you add a lot of options to the cremation, then the bill may be comparable to a traditional earth burial. But choosing cremation and limiting the extras will save you money.
4. There are No Advantages to Preplanning a Cremation
Preplanning makes sense. For one thing, it saves the living family members from having to make the arrangements. It can also give the preplanner some peace of mind. So if you haven’t preplanned your own body disposition, consider calling a funeral home to set up an appointment.
Are you planning a Huntington, WV cremation for a deceased relative? Contact us at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home & Crematorium for the help you need. We offer compassionate service to assist grieving families with the planning of cremations or funerals, and we also help people to preplan their own final services. Call us a call at (304) 342-8135 for a free, no-obligation consultation. You can also visit us at 1118 Virginia St E Charleston, WV 25301 for the help you require.