It’s important to know that there are many different kinds of cremations if you’re looking into cremation services in New Orleans, LA. Direct cremation is one of them. What do you know about direct cremation?
Direct cremation is when the body is cremated immediately following death without a funeral or service beforehand. Direct cremations differ from regular cremations in many ones, but one major one is that the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule made mandates that direct cremation rights for consumers. Some of these rights include that consumers are not required to purchase a casket and the funeral home or crematory must return the remains to the bereaved either in an urn provided by the bereaved or in a basic container furnished by the company.
Direct cremations are also oftentimes easier and more convenient for the bereaved. Typically, crematory staff takes care of almost everything involved with a direct cremation. This includes transporting the body to the crematory, completing a death certificate form and inspecting the body before the cremation. You can also work with a traditional funeral home for direct cremations. In this case, the funeral home will fill out the death certificate and bring the body to the crematory, which is often onsite at the funeral home.
There are a lot of benefits that come with this type of cremation. One benefit of direct cremation is that it’s a lot less expensive than other funeral or cremation options. This is for a few reasons. The first is that since the body is cremated right after the death without a service, the deceased’s family or loved ones can use a crematory rather than a funeral home, which often ends up being much cheaper. There is also no funeral, wake, visitation or viewing with a direct cremation. This also allows the family to skip the embalming process, again saving money. Family, loved ones, or executors can also choose to have the body cremated in a simple container rather than a traditional and more expensive casket, as there is no need for ornamentation for a funeral.
That’s three ways direct cremation can save money. Another direct cremation benefit is that it allows family more flexibility in planning a memorial service later on. Not only does having a service after the cremation give more time for saving and planning, but it also gives the family more scheduling flexibility so people from out of town can attend.
If you’ve recently suffered a loss, or are planning for your own passing, direct cremation might be the way to go, especially if you’re looking to save money on preparing the body, casket, extensive transportation, or funeral services.
Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home is here to help if you want more information on direct cremations or New Orleans, LA cremation services. We offer a range of services and have years of experience in the funeral and cremation industry. Please stop by and visit us or give us a call to learn more about what we can do for you in your time of loss or preplanning.