Cremation has been on the rise for a while. It has become an increasingly popular and accepted alternative to burial, with religious traditions becoming more open to it and individuals becoming more aware of its benefits. During the COVID-19 outbreak, however, cremation is even more appealing than before. Here is a look at some of the benefits of cremation during this unprecedented era, along with some advice for moving forward if you do choose cremation for your loved one.
Benefits of Cremation During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Perhaps the biggest advantage of cremation during this era is that it allows you to have a funeral service — with remains present — later on. Right now, most states and municipalities are not allowing funerals with more than a few people. (Ten is often the limit.) Likely, there are more than 10 people who would like to celebrate the life of your deceased loved one and mourn in solidarity at a funeral. If you bury the body, you could have a memorial service later on once restrictions are lifted, but the remains would not be there. With cremation, you can have the remains present, which for many people, makes the service more meaningful.
Another advantage of cremation is that it is more affordable than a traditional burial. If you are short on funds due to loss of employment at this time, affordability is important. Cremation is also quick and simple. Funeral homes, who are over-burdened at this time, are having an easier time fitting in cremations.
Tips for Cremation During the COVID-19 Outbreak
If you do choose cremation for your loved one, here are a few tips to make this more feasible.
1. Let your loved ones know as soon as possible.
Chances are, they're worried about having a funeral, too. They will appreciate knowing what you have chosen and that there will be a service or celebration later on.
2. Contact several funeral homes that offer cremation services.
Funeral homes are busy right now. Some of them may not have openings for a while. The best way to find an opening for cremation ASAP is to contact several funeral homes and then go with the one who has the earliest availability. If you're not sure where to turn, your loved one's doctor should be able to point you in the right direction.
3. Talk to loved ones about your choice.
The choice to cremate is a big one, especially if this would not have been your plan if the outbreak were not happening. Give yourself some grace; you're making the best decision you can during these trying times. Turn to your friends and relatives for support, and talk through your emotions with them.
During this unfortunate outbreak, cremation is often the best way to move forward after a loved one passes. Talk to a funeral home in your area about cremation services to learn more.Share
5 June 2020
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