So much of life happens without forethought or planning. Pre-planning ash scattering services makes handling the death of a loved one less stressful for those left behind. Instead of having to plan the memorial service, they can concentrate on comforting one another. Pre-planning the service is one final gift you can leave for those who shared your life.
Pre-planning any type of funeral or ash scattering service provides a number of benefits. These include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Allows time to find the right service providers;
- Relieves the burden of paying for the service at the time of death;
- Removes the possibility of the cost increasing;
- Ensures your final wishes are carried out;
Speaking with a funeral director may be your first stop. They will be able to provide you a list of burial or cremation options. It is a good idea to include your close family members when discussing these options. Let them know it is your desire to be cremated rather than have a traditional burial. At first, they may balk at this choice, but stress how important it is for you. If you can articulate why you want to be cremated, it will help them understand and accept your choice.
There are other portions of the funeral you can pre-plan other than cremation. Will you have a traditional viewing at a funeral home prior to the cremation? If you want to have a viewing or wake prior to the cremation, at which funeral home will it be? Who will officiate? Who will perform the cremation? Who will transport the deceased to a crematory if it is used?
Once the cremation is complete, how soon will the ash scattering service take place? You may also want to speak with a memorial service provider like Atlantis Memorials. They will be able to provide options for an ash scattering at sea. This type of service will work closely with you to ensure your desires are observed. They will be able to tell you about the locations they can spread the cremains and allow you to choose.
Will family and friends be present at the ash scattering? Will only the crew of the scattering service scatter the ashes? This may be one of the more difficult questions to answer. Depending upon the method of scattering, you may not be able to decide. For instance, some services such as the United States Navy or a service offering ashes scatterings by air will not allow family to be present. Instead, they will send documentation of the date, time and location of the scattering.
These are a few of the considerations when choosing cremation rather than burial at the end of life. The more of these things you can decide upon and pre-plan while you are living, the less your family will have to decide when you pass. This includes pre-planning your ash scattering Service.