It’s projected that by 2030, nearly 71% of individuals will choose cremation.
If you’re arranging your own cremation or carrying out final wishes for a loved one, there are many important decisions to make. And in some situations these decisions must be made during a stressful time.
From where the cremation will take place to how much you are willing to spend, every detail matters. Continue reading for tips to covering every detail when arranging a cremation.
Determine Who is Authorized
Before a cremation can take place, your cremation provider must have authorization. Ohio law only permits certain individuals to authorize cremation arrangements and the authorization must be documented. This is left to the next of kin, or executor of the estate by Ohio law.
Legally authorized individuals include, in order of priority:
- Legal representative appointed by the deceased.
- The deceased surviving spouse.
- The sole surviving child or all surviving children of the deceased.
- The deceased surviving parents.
- The sibling or collective siblings (whole or half blood) of the deceased.
- Surviving grandparent or grandparents of the deceased.
- Lineal grandchildren.
- The guardian of the deceased at the time of death (if one had been appointed).
- The personal representative of the estate or the licensed funeral director with custody of the body (if unable to locate any persons on the priority list).
Choose a Cremation Facility
When planning a cremation, selecting a facility is a crucial decision. We recommend choosing a facility that uses an on-site crematory. If a funeral home uses a third-party provider or a standalone crematory, the body is temporarily out of your chosen funeral home’s care, leaving a window for error.
You’ll also want to ask thorough questions to make certain you or your loved one will be properly cared for. When meeting with cremation providers, be prepared with questions. This will help you understand the options and remember important details.
Related resource: Downloadable checklist, 13 Questions to Ask Your Cremation Provider
Plan a Unique Memorial
A memorial or funeral is an important step in the healing process when a death has occurred. Holding a service brings family and friends together to commemorate the deceased and may allow for closure.
Funerals where the body is present or memorial services where cremains are displayed are the two most popular options for a gathering. Remember to consider personalization options like photos, flowers or music.
Decide On the Final Resting Place
When deciding what to do with cremated remains, it’s important to consider all of your options.
There are many ways to celebrate a loved one’s life. From traditional urns to personalized cremation jewelry, you have many options for a final resting place.
Calculate the Total Cost
Total costs will depend on your or a loved ones final wishes. While average prices of products and services are available on NFDA.org, be sure to research options specific to your location.
To learn more about planning a cremation, read our ebook Cremation Costs Explained: How to Get the Best Value Without Sacrificing Service.
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