Frequently Asked Questions About Cremation Services

Posted on February 5, 2018 by McVeigh Funeral Home, Inc. under cremation services
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The passing of a loved one can be one of the most stressful and awful things a person can go through. It does not help, either, that many times planning a burial or cremation turns into a complicated process that many people do not know how to tackle. Information is a grieving person’s friend. The more knowledge someone has about the process of cremation, the less stressful the entire experience will be.

Is Embalming Necessary?

This is a question that many people have and that many companies that are less reputable will try to exploit for their gain. The cremation process does not require embalming services. If a funeral home tries to claim that the family has to spend more to embalm the deceased, it is not a reputable company.

Is a Casket Needed?

No. Caskets are an option, but they are not required to get the cremation done. Many people who choose cremation services do so because it is the more affordable option for this very reason. In most places, a cardboard or wooden container is necessary, but in other funeral homes, there is no need for a container at all.

Can Ashes be Buried?

Yes. Although a lot of people scatter the ashes of their loved ones, there some who prefer to have the ashes buried in an urn. There are cemeteries that have special plots of land for cremation urns. Some people even choose water burials, which can be easily arranged by using a biodegradable urn. Many Colonie, NY cremation services provide options for burials of urns of all kinds.

Can the Family Watch the Cremation?

Yes, this is an option that most funeral homes allow. For lots of families, it can provide closure and allows them to say goodbye to their loved ones. Some religious groups even include this part in their funeral services, so keep that in mind.

Can Two Cremations Happen at the Same Time?

No, it is illegal to have cremations done together. Even if it were legal, most cremation chambers are not large enough to accommodate two adults. The ashes, however, can be stored together, and there are even urns that are created especially for this purpose if spouses want to be placed together.

What Can be Done with the Remains?

The ashes can be placed in urns for display, or can be carried to a chosen location to scatter them. Different states have different laws to follow when it comes to this, so be sure to look up what is and is not allowed. Urns can also be buried, if this is the family’s wish.

Cremation can be the right choice for lots of families. It is more environmentally friendly and can cost less than a traditional burial. It is important to know as much about the process as possible to ensure that there is as little stress as possible. Contact McVeigh Funeral Home, Inc., located at 208 N Allen St, Albany, NY 12206 by calling (518) 489-0188 now!

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