13 Oct Direct answers about ‘Direct Cremation’
Have you seen the phrase direct cremation and didn’t know exactly what it meant? I assure you, it’s not some misleading corporate code. In fact, it’s pretty straightforward and means what it says. Simply put, in a direct cremation, there are no services before the cremation process takes place. It doesn’t involve embalming or restorative art (hair, makeup, etc.). Many times, unless the family purchases one, there isn’t even a casket. A cremation container (also called alternative container) is used for the body instead.
Direct cremation is an industry term that is becoming more common on the internet, in advertisements and other public resources. Hospitals and hospices are starting to use the term more often, as well, as they discuss end-of-life options with families.
So what kinds of families choose direct cremation and why? Often, it is used by relatives who want their loved one’s final remains taken a long distance – to another state or even another country. Realistically speaking, it is much less expensive to transport a small urn than a large casket.
Not long ago, I visited with the adult daughter of a woman in the San Francisco area who was in hospice care. Even though she lived in a beautiful part of the country, she grew up in Texas and had a lifelong fondness for the Southern plains and wide-open spaces. He and his relatives chose direct cremation so they could organize a personalized memorial centered on a scattering at one of her favorite campsites.
Timing is another big factor. A traditional funeral is usually put together quickly and held within a few days, forcing family members in other areas to pay high prices for next-day plane tickets. A direct cremation removes the urgency that adds to anxiety. Families can take their time, find a date that works for a greater number of people, and better plan a meaningful remembrance.
Finally, there are significant financial reasons for choosing direct cremation. As we explain in our Frequently Asked Questions, direct cremation tends to be about twenty percent the cost of a traditional funeral. Cremation is typically more affordable because permanent memorial and burial fees are not required, but are optional.
aCremation specializes in direct cremation in Texas and direct cremation in California. Our trained professionals will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the process. aCremation currently serves Texas (Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio) and California (Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco). We invite you to call us, toll-free, at 1-877-353-3626.