With cremation on the rise, you have to be sure that you’re prepared for the loss of a loved one.
Take the time to look at these common cremation planning mistakes that people make when it comes to planning for their loved one’s cremation. Keep these in mind as you prepare for your loved one’s passing.
1. Not Knowing the Cremation Regulations of Your State
This mistake can be difficult to avoid, as regulations vary from state to state, so it is important to be diligent in researching applicable regulations. All regulations must be followed for the cremation to be legal.
Violating these regulations can subject you to possible criminal charges or civil lawsuits. To avoid this mistake, begin by researching the laws and regulations in the state where the cremation will take place.
2. Not Having a Proper Place of Rest Remains
Some families choose to keep the cremated remains without giving them a proper place of rest. This can cause great emotional hardship for family and friends when the time comes that they are unaware of where the remains are kept.
To avoid this mistake, it is important to take the time to talk to family members and decide on a meaningful and appropriate final resting place for the remains. This could be a cemetery plot where a memorial service or plaque can be held or a favorite place of the family that the deceased had visited regularly.
3. Misunderstanding the Eligibility Requirements for Cremation
As each state has its own requirements for eligibility, it is important to familiarize yourself with the rules in your area. These rules often include verifying the cause of death and obtaining certain death certificates.
Additionally, some states require an autopsy or limit the time frame after death before cremation is allowed. It is important to contact your state’s health department for the regulations in your specific region.
4. Failing to Take into Account Cremation Services
Many families may be unaware of all the available cremation services and the cost associated with them. Before selecting a cremation, it is important to research and considers different service options, as well as their associated costs.
The first and most important is to look for the types of cremation services. After the type of cremation is selected, families should search for cremation services online. They can help in preparing and filing death certificates, creating an urn, or any associated transportation fees.
5. Miscalculating the Financial Cost of Cremation Planning
The cost of cremations includes a number of components, including the cost of the urn, the cost of the cremation itself, and any other additional costs associated with the service. Additionally, some families may need to factor in travel costs if the individual is to be interred in a different city or state.
To avoid making this mistake, families should be sure to factor in all the costs associated with cremation when budgeting. It is important to keep in mind that cremation may be much more affordable than burial.
Avoid These Common Cremation Planning Mistakes Today
Cremation planning requires attention and careful consideration. Knowing the associated costs, agreeing to the desired style of cremation services, and properly recording within a will are the building blocks of proper planning.
Avoiding these common cremation planning mistakes is attainable by taking the time to research options and make sound decisions. If you have questions, contact a local funeral director, and they’ll be happy to help.
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