Traditional funeral homes offer a wide range of services; from body transportation and paperwork help to planning and executing the actual funeral. However, funeral homes usually charge a premium for those services, and they’re not always 100% necessary, especially if you’re interested in cremation services in West Valley City, UT.
Direct cremation is another route you can go when you’re planning for your eventual death, or dealing with the recent death of a loved one. Direct cremation offers a smaller service range than a funeral home, but they can also be cheaper, greener, and more flexible.
Direct cremation is human remains disposition by cremation without a prior ceremony, visitation, or viewing. Meaning, the body is cremated directly after death and before any memorial or funeral service, so the body is not present at any such service. While traditional cremation, a service offered by funeral homes and cremation services, involves embalming the body for viewing during a memorial, funeral or visitation before the cremation.
In a direct cremation, the body is brought directly from the place of death to the crematory and cremated without embalming, makeup application, or hair care. The ashes are placed in an urn provided by the next of kin, or in a simple container furnished by the crematory. The body is usually cremated almost directly after arrival, unless there are delays or issues with the death certificate and cremation permit.
Direct cremation is becoming more and more popular over funeral home cremations and services for a myriad of reasons. The most popular are:
- Cost – Direct cremations are much more cost effective than traditional funerals, cremations, or burials. Cremations in general save money on vaults, burial plots, transportation and other such costs, and direct cremations also save money on embalming and the cremation casket as standard cremations require nice caskets and embalming for viewing.
- Environment – Direct cremations are better for the environment because they do not involve embalming. Embalmed bodies release harmful toxins into the air and ground when they are cremated or buried. Direct cremations also use less funeral products in general, and therefore create less waste.
- Flexibility – Direct cremations usually do have a service or memorial but only after the cremation. Since its later, the scheduling, planning and execution have a lot more flexibility. Family and friends can take more time to make the memorial special and personalized, or have out of town guests make it in time.
Despite the benefits, direct cremation versus funeral home cremation or funeral services is a personal choice. If you want to take the more traditional route because it feels better or more comfortable, you should.
If you are in the 4377 S State St Murray, UT 84107 area and would like to learn more about direct cremation, or other West Valley City, UT cremation services, Utah Simple Cremations is here to help. Please stop by and visit us at the above address, or give us a call at (801) 910-5317 to learn more about what we can do in your time of loss or planning.