Decisions You Will Need to Make When Planning a Funeral

After my father passed away suddenly, my mother, siblings and I all struggled with planning his funeral. We were already in a state of shock and sorrow, and then we were overwhelmed with the options and decisions we had to make in regards to the funeral. Luckily for us, we worked with an amazing funeral home and funeral director who helped guide us through the process. I know how hard it is to plan a funeral and how many decisions need to be made. This website was created in order to give families preparing to lay a loved one to rest a guide of sorts that will help them determine what decisions will need to be made and information about those decisions. I extend my sympathies to you if you are in this position and hope my website helps to make things a little bit easier for you.

Answering A Few Important Questions About Cremation


Overseeing the final arrangements of a deceased loved one can be one of the more unpleasant aspects of life that you will have to handle. While many people automatically assume that a traditional burial will be the best option, cremation can be a viable solution for those needing a more economical option. Once you have learned the following few answers to common cremation questions, you will be better informed about this option.

Can Those Planning On Opting For Cremation Still Hold A Viewing?

A viewing of the body can be an essential part of saying goodbye to your loved one. This step can help to provide the survivors will closure by allowing them to see the finality of death. Unfortunately, it can be common for some individuals to assume that a viewing will not be possible if the body is to be cremated. Luckily, it is still possible for a viewing to be held as the body can simply be cremated after this ceremony.

Will You Have To Buy A Casket For The Viewing?

For those that want to hold a viewing for a loved one that will be cremated, it can be easy to assume that you will need to purchase a casket solely for this step in the process. However, you should be aware that there are many rental services that can provide you with a casket for this purpose. Depending on the funeral home you are using, there may be an in-house service that you can use, but if this is not the case, you will need to seek out a third-party provider. Generally, the casket will arrive at the funeral home the day prior to the scheduled viewing to allow the body to be moved into it. When the viewing is complete and the guests have left, the body can be removed from the casket so that it can be returned to the rental service.

What Happens After The Body Has Been Cremated?

An urn is the traditional storage device for keeping the remains of a loved one. By providing the funeral home with an urn prior to the cremation, it may be possible for you to receive the ashed in the urn. However, if you do not have an urn or wish to dispose of the ashes by spreading them, you will be given a box that contains the remains. This container will be certified as safe for travel so that you can it with you on a plane or other form of public transportation.

For more information, contact Richard H Keenan Funeral Home or a similar location.


20 May 2016