Cremation Options For Families To Explore

By: Laura Sussman
Monday, October 29, 2018

Planning for a funeral is among the hardest things to do. When a loved one passes on, it’s hard enough to come to terms with the idea that they are gone, but it’s even harder to think about their final services while grieving. Emotions are guiding you during that time so before you lose someone, familiarize yourself with Las Vegas, NV cremation options so you know what direction to go when you have the need for such a service. 

 Nationally, a slight majority of deaths (51%) are cremated as of 2017, and in Nevada, the number is higher, with approximately 70% of deaths now being cremated, according to the Cremation Association of North America. Cremations are advantageous to many families because they will always be cheaper than a traditional funeral that results in a burial, as different choices of cremation services will save on certain funerary expenses. However, families have more than one option when it comes to cremating the deceased. 

The least expensive kind of cremation is a direct cremation. In this procedure, the body is cremated shortly after death occurs, and before any kind of funeral or memorial service has taken place. The remains of the deceased will then be immediately returned to his or her survivors. The low cost is because all of the traditional funeral expenses, such as embalming fees, a casket, a gravestone, and the cost of the funeral service itself, are foregone. The family can then choose to have a memorial service for the deceased after the body is cremated, if they so desire. 

However, families who may wish for the emotional or spiritual comforts of a traditional funeral, while still wanting to save some expenses have other options. If you prefer, you can hold a more traditional funeral service with a cremation instead of a burial once the service has concluded. This will require additional expenses, such as embalming fees and amenities for guests at the service itself. By choosing a cremation, families can avoid paying in full for a casket, because they can rent one instead of buying it, as there will be no need for a burial. After the service, the casket can be returned to the funeral provider. 

Those are the two basic choices under the cremation name and both are completely valid options. If you are pre-planning your own arrangements, you can think through the options and start to decide what you might want. If you have to plan for a loved one, talk to family members and see what they would like in order to gain closure and say goodbye. 

If you need to know even more about Las Vegas, NV cremations, contact the professionals at Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services by calling (702) 485-6500. We are located at 3975 S. Durango Drive, Suite 104 Las Vegas, NV 89147 and we’re here to help, whether you need to plan something for a family member now, or you’re looking into plans for yourself in the future. 

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