Choosing a cremation service provider is a major decision to make. Before you commit to any provider in particular, you make sure your loved one’s remains will be handled with respect and that you will get the highest value for your chosen package.
Services to Be Included
Cremation providers vary widely but more importantly in terms of rates and package inclusions. You have to know every detail, and your provider should be willing to give it to you. This is mandatory as per a law commonly known as 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.
Handling of Remains
If you’re dealing with a funeral home, determine if they have a crematory on site. In most cases, they will have crematory partners. If they do have a third-party partner, or if you choose to work with a stand-alone crematory, ask how they plan to move your loved one from the funeral home and back. Sometimes, the remains will be returned in a cardboard box. Make it a point to visit the cremation facility too just to know if it’s clean and properly 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.
Consider how you and your family members usually like to conduct your gatherings. What remembrance service you choose will affect your choices for the actual cremation. If your loved one has expressed his preference for a funeral service, ask about renting a casket. If you’re holding a memorial service in the presence of the cremated remains, ask the provider if there will be an area in which you can have the service post-cremation. In addition, consider the final resting place that you know your deceased loved one would want, and ask the provider if they can accommodate that wish. 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. What these people have to say can help you make decisions. The Internet is likely to be the largest source of 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.