Understanding Direct Cremation Part 4 – Save on your memorialization costs
A direct cremation offers a family the opportunity to ‘simply’ employ the services of a funeral director and/or crematory to conduct the disposition of the deceased. As mentioned in my earlier posts on Understanding Direct Cremation, it can help the family to arrange a direct cremation at a low cost, and then the family can arrange their own memorial service.
Once the direct cremation has been performed and the family have the ashes returned, a memorial service or life celebration service can be held. This can be held anywhere and does not need to be in a funeral home. Indeed it can be more befitting and uplifting to hold a memorial service somewhere that is special to the family or the deceased. It can be held in a place of worship, a community center, a golf course clubhouse or outdoors in a garden or park. The possibilities are endless!
Some in the funeral industry will have us believe that the ritual of memorialization is integral to how we grieve. I believe that how everyone handles loss and grieving differs, and that a family are far better equipped to know and commemorate their loved one that has passed.
Some families need a funeral director, a minister or a Celebrant to help them conduct an appropriate and befitting tribute. However, there is no ‘rule’ that says that this is right for every family. If you feel you wish to conduct your own personalized memorial service, there are many resources and ideas online to help you.
These days you can quite easily make your own memorial products such as memory tables or boards, memorial candles or balloons, memorial DVD tributes or a dedicated online memorial webpage. If you are considering scattering some (or all) of your loved ones ashes, there are many creative ways to do so.