When you lose someone you love, there are a number of things you will have to address rather quickly. Of course, you will be dealing with your grief right away and well into the future. But you will also have to think about what you want to do with and for your loved one. Most families want to do some kind of service to solidify the person’s passing, honor their life, and say goodbye. But you will first have to decide if you want a traditional burial or cremation. If you are thinking about cremation, you might wonder if that is right for your loved one. Here are a few things to think through as you ponder the issue.
Did your loved one have a preference?
Some people will leave wills or instructions that say whether or not they want cremation or a traditional burial. If they leave word that they’d like cremation, you don’t have much to decide. This kind of preference makes it easier on everyone involved since you know what they want. That is not always the case, however, and you have to decide on your own. If you don’t have instructions, you may still know how they felt about cremation and burial processes. If they appreciated cremation, you might go ahead with it. If you know they were opposed, traditional burial might be better.
What does your family think?
If you’re sure the person who passed on would be okay with cremations, you then have to think about your Southern California family members and those from other areas as well. Is anyone opposed to the idea or uncomfortable with the process? If so, perhaps a traditional burial is better. In many cases, once they understand it, people come around to the idea. It is becoming a more popular way to give someone a final send off.
What can you afford?
As much as you hate to think about money at a time like this, the fact of the matter is that when someone passes away, the final services and ceremonies cost money. Cremation from Gold Coast Cremation is cheaper than traditional burials for a number of reasons. You don’t need a casket or embalming, for example, and you have a lot more options overall. If the person who passed on didn’t leave much money and you don’t have much to spare yourself, cremation may be a good option to consider.
If you have more questions about cremation, or you want to move forward with arranging or pre-arranging a cremation with us, contact Gold Coast Cremation at 866-744-4142.