Families who experience a sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one often must push their grief aside to deal with unfortunate logistical, personal, or financial issues. Deaths that occur suddenly, such as those caused by car crashes or workplace accidents, often happen to younger victims who have not had the time or resources to plan and pay for their own end-of-life needs. In these instances, surviving family members must often come together to make final arrangements and find a way to cover their costs.
If you or someone you care deeply about is facing this type of stress after the unexpected loss of a loved one, this information about cremation may help provide a caring solution.
Unexpected deaths can be particularly difficult for families that reside in far-flung areas of the nation or the globe. While these family members want to honor the deceased by attending their funeral or memorial service, it can take several days or even weeks to arrange travel. While traditional funeral services can be difficult or even impossible to delay for more than a few days, utilizing cremation can allow families to take all the time they need to schedule a fitting memorial service or celebration of life for their loved one.
Another important reason to consider cremation involves the beliefs and personal choices of the deceased. If the deceased possessed strong views about caring for the earth, recycling, or global warming, they may have wanted to avoid a traditional burial because of the need for ongoing maintenance of the gravesite. Those who hold strong ecological views often prefer cremation for their final needs because of its reduced impact on the earth and future generations.
One of the most important reasons to consider cremation for the final needs of a loved one whose death was sudden and unexpected is when the surviving family members cannot easily afford to cover the costs of a traditional funeral, cemetery plot, and headstone. Cremation typically costs much less than a traditional funeral service, especially in instances where no viewing of the body is desired. Instead of paying for a vault, casket, embalming, clothing, and makeup services, the surviving family can choose a direct cremation process that allows the body to be cremated as it was at the time of death or at the completion of the autopsy.
To learn more about cremation, including any specific questions you may have, take time to speak privately with a licensed funeral director in your area.