What type of service you decide upon is of course very personal. While this can be a difficult subject to think about, it’s necessary. You should make time to discuss your preference with your family so that they’re able to confidently carry out your wishes without the stress of having to guess what you would have wanted. In recent years, we’ve seen cremation become a more popular option for Australians over traditional burials. But not everyone is familiar with the cremation process – so how does it work?
Once your family have engaged a Funeral Director, the Next of Kin or Executor will usually be the point of contact. They will be required to sign the relevant authorities to allow the deceased to be taken into care and the cremation to take place.
There are a number of practical considerations that often make cremations a more logical choice for families;
- For families who live long distances apart or in different countries, cremation services offer a more straightforward way to return remains home, rather than a full and expensive repatriation process.
- A direct cremation (i.e. a cremation without a service) can be coupled with a memorial service held at a later date, not only saving money but also giving families greater flexibility as to timing.
- Cremation allows remains to be scattered at a place of significance in accordance with a loved one’s wishes.
- Assuming the cremated remains aren’t interred in a cemetery, they can be taken by the family should they ever wish to relocate or move overseas.