When someone dies, the decision on what to do with their remains can be difficult. If you are looking for a direct cremation option where you don’t have to go through an elaborate funeral process, direct cremation is perfect for you. Direct cremations offer many benefits that other final disposition options don’t provide, including affordability and simplicity. This article will discuss some of the top reasons why direct cremation is the best choice over other options.

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What is a direct cremation?

A direct cremation is exactly what it sounds like. The body of the deceased person is cremated without any sort of ceremony or service. This means that there are no formal viewing, visitation, funeral/memorial services, etc., which makes direct cremations completely different from other options such as a traditional funeral or an immediate burial option where you have to make arrangements at your local cemetery before the final disposition can take place

Since direct cremation is essentially a low-cost cremation, it is frequently an excellent alternative for individuals who may be unable to afford a larger service because it eliminates many of the costs generally involved with a funeral by its very nature. For example, there is frequently no need to hire a funeral director or a funeral home.

What is included in a direct cremation?

  1. Transportation – The pickup and transportation of the deceased from the hospital or morgue to the crematorium.
  2. Paperwork – The completion and filing of legal documents needed such as death certificate and authorization for cremation.
  3. Cremation container – Usually a thick-walled and lidded cardboard box.
  4. Cremation – The actual cremation itself and processing of cremated remains.
  5. Cremation urn – The return of the ashes to the family in a basic cremation urn.

Why choose direct cremation?

It’s the most cost-effective option

Are you on a tight budget? Would the deceased have wanted for you to plan the most cost-effective body disposition possible? If you answered in the affirmative to either of these questions, then you should consider planning a direct cremation. Since a direct cremation does not include options like a funeral service, a visitation, a viewing, or a graveside service, the cost for the body disposition is much lower than for a traditional funeral service. There are, of course, other cremation service package types you can consider if you want a service component.

Here are a list of expenses that you can cut down with direct cremation:

  • Embalming
  • Funeral director and staff fees
  • Funeral facilities charge
  • Hairdressing and cosmetic charges
  • Visitation charges
  • Funeral chapel or church fees
  • Transportation fees (hearse, flower car, utility vehicle, etc.)
  • Expensive caskets/coffins
  • Burial plot or mausoleum crypt
  • Grave opening and closing costs
  • Headstone or grave marker

It’s relatively easy to clean

Because direct cremation includes only that which is necessary to carry out the body disposition, it will be easier to plan than other final service packages. You will have fewer decisions to make as losing a loved one is difficult enough for you and your family. You don’t have to make final services planning any harder than it needs to be. Filing of paperwork is relatively easy too since you only need the required legal document like a death certificate and cremation authorization.

It’s done without any unnecessary delay

Another reason direct cremation is the body disposition option of choice for many families is that it’s conducted without any needless delay. In other words, the direct cremation takes place shortly after death. The deceased is immediately cremated in the attire they were dressed in at the time of their death. There won’t be body preparations like hairstyling or makeup. What this means is that you and your family can plan a final service and give your deceased loved one a timely final send-off. If you won’t be having a formal ceremony afterward, you can simply do something as a family. This might include something as simple as sharing a meal together.

It gives you less stress, more time to grieve

For many families, holding a funeral service, a memorial service, or a celebration of life ceremony can assist jumpstart the grieving process. However, preparing these events can be so stressful for families that they don’t have time to grieve properly. With direct cremation, this won’t be an issue. You can have your loved one cremated and then focus on grieving their loss without the hassle of preparing more complicated funeral ceremonies for them.

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Direct cremation is flexible

Since the main goal of direct cremation service is to lower the cost but suppose you finally got the budget to do a memorial or life celebration of life, you can do so with direct cremation.  You are no longer “bound” by the timing of typical funeral events held prior to burial or cremation. In truth, you have the same freedom just by choosing cremation; nevertheless, by choosing direct cremation, you have saved a large amount of money which can later be used to pay for the memorial service or celebration of life.

It is eco-friendly

One of the direct cremation’s most appealing aspects to the masses these days is its eco-friendliness. The industry has been moving towards greener services and direct cremations are considered by many as the best option when it comes to being environmentally friendly. Direct cremations don’t require embalming, which means that you would not need to use chemicals that will be disposed of on the soil later on.

You carry your loved one with you

Since the ashes will be given to you after the cremation. You can put your loved one on cremation jewelry so that they are with you always.  Cremation jewelry is available for people who want their loved ones around them all the time in a more discreet way than wearing an entire urn necklace or ring that only holds the actual ashes – which tends to get very hot when worn directly against skin (the metal part doesn’t).

When you need a dependable funeral home in Saskatoon, SK in your corner, we’re here to help. We have a track record of assisting families and individuals with the planning of their final services. If you have questions, let us know. We have the answers you need to make an informed decision. We’ll also be honored to assist you if you’re interested in preplanning your own funeral or cremation. Allow our funeral director to explain the process and help you make arrangements. For the help you require, get in touch by phone to speak to one of our staff members. You can also visit us at our office if you’d prefer to talk to someone in person.