Choosing a cremation service provider is a major decision to make. Before giving your commitment to a certain provider, be sure that your loved one will be well taken care of and that you will get the best value for your money.
Cremation providers vary widely but more importantly in terms of rates and package inclusions. Have your prospective provider break down all the details for you. This is mandatory as per a law commonly known as the Funeral Rule. Let them give you a list of packages and their specific prices. Do take note that if you go with a stand-alone crematory, you do not have as many options as you would with a funeral home.
Handling of Remains
If you’re working with a funeral home, know if they have a crematory at the site. Usually, they work with third-party crematories. If they outsource cremations, or if you’re working with a stand-alone crematory, know how your loved one will be transferred to and from the funeral home. Sometimes, the remains will be returned in a cardboard box. Also spend time checking out the cremation facility just to see the condition it’s in. You will also want to know how the provider identifies remains. Obviously, you want to make sure you get the right remains back.
Consider how you and your family members usually like to conduct your gatherings. Whatever remembrance service you pick will have an impact on the available options for the cremation process itself. 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, read some testimonials about the funeral home or service you’re considering as written by people who have actually worked with them. What these people have to say can help you make decisions. Online is probably the biggest place where you can look for these reviews. But make sure you’re reading from a third-party website in order to ensure credibility. By nature, a marketing website is made to promote the business behind it or destroy its competitors, so you will probably find manufactured reviews in there.