How to Plan for a Cremation: 7 Things to Think About


How to Plan for a Cremation: 7 Things to Think About

It’s vital to send your last goodbyes to your loved ones, in a way that will pay respect to their memory. This is why preparing a funeral is a solemn and peace-bringing act. 

Taking the time to plan a fitting funeral and burial for a loved one is an honorable and necessary act. However, some people may find it difficult to put a pin on all the tasks they have to accomplish.

Here are seven considerations as you make cremation arrangements for a loved one:

1. Destinations to Honor with Relatives 

A memorial service’s venue is determined by those who will be present. There is no need for a coffin or a fancy funeral service. A funeral service could occur in a worship house like a temple or mosque. Funeral homes typically offer the benefit of transporting the deceased.

2. Memorial Service or Burial

Cremation is a common practice. However, funerals are typically held first. There is the option of having a wake, or visitation, the night before or the hour of the funeral. You could even opt out of visitation altogether.

The chapel of many funeral homes can be used for both the wake and the funeral. Cremation is another option; it can be taken care of by whichever service you go with. Family members who live far away can be given extra time to travel arrangements if the memorial service is conducted later.

3. The Casket: Open or Closed

The coffin may be open or closed during a funeral or wake. Everyone who cares about the departed can see their face in the coffin. This allows them to say their farewells in person. It’s a more tangible way to explain death to young children.

Even if the casket is closed, the memorial ceremony can still be a moving tribute to the deceased. You might decorate the coffin with pictures or other keepsakes of the deceased. Alternatively, you may include a video presentation of photographs and other mementos in the service.

A “tribute to the cremated” area is where visitors to a funeral home can observe and, in some cases, participate in the cremation process. Even though most funeral establishments only offer particleboard or cardboard caskets for cremation, you are permitted to bring your wooden casket.

4. Embalming

Embalming costs must be factored into open casket viewing arrangements if there is a significant time gap between the funeral and the wake.

Following a funeral or memorial service, it may not be necessary to embalm a body if it is cremated as quickly as possible. No need to postpone the cremation if a funeral and wake aren’t scheduled to occur first. After a person dies, the cremation can happen as soon as desired.

5. Casket or Urn Contents That Are Particularly Personal

You may place keepsakes memorializing the departed in the casket or urn. Send a letter conveying your feelings of love and loss along with a gift of a book, toy, article of clothing, or jewelry that was special to the recipient. You will place these mementos in the urn or casket with your loved one.

6. Wearing Final Garments, Accessories, and Hairstyle to the Crematory

For those who wish to have a public viewing and funeral service before the cremation, the funeral home can assist you in making those arrangements. Think about having the funeral home arrange their favorite outfits, accessories, and makeup in a fitting style that indicates how they would have worn these items in life.

7. Options for Cremation Urns

The memorial service for your deceased loved one should take precedence over the urn used to hold their ashes. Prices range from low to high, with the simplest ones being the least expensive. The cost of an urn for cremated remains is entirely at the buyer’s discretion.


A small but vocal minority would rather have their remains cremated than buried. For your loved one’s cremation, do whatever you think is best. If you put in the work and time ahead of time, you’ll be able to celebrate the deceased’s life and find comfort amid your grief.

Please call Ashes to Ashes Corporation if you have any questions about funeral preparation, grief counseling, or cremation services in Los Angeles, including traditional funerals. We are happy to assist anyone, regardless of whether or not they use our services. Contact us at (323) 644-3323 to reach us.


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