How Do I Know if Cremation Is Right for Me?

We meet with families every day who have to make end-of-life decisions on behalf of their loved one who died. This is often very stressful, as the family may not know what their loved one would have wanted. Where should the final resting place be located? Should they have a large funeral with a visitation and reception or something smaller and more private with only close family and friends? Would their loved one have wanted a traditional burial, or would they prefer to be cremated?

There are dozens of decisions to make – and this is why we encourage people to make their own plans before the time comes. Considering these important decisions ahead of time can give you peace of mind and may also ease the stress of the many unknowns that accompany the topic of death. At St. Pierre Family Funeral Homes we even give our neighbors in Indianapolis, Greenwood, and Pendleton the option to preplan their cremation.

Our dedicated team members realize it’s not easy to know if cremation is right for you. Here are some things to consider to help you make the best choice for yourself and your family.

Talk to your family.

Making important life decisions on your own can be intimidating and lonely. We recommend talking to your partner and loved ones about the topic of cremation to hear their thoughts about it. Perhaps your son values a permanent memorial that he can visit, or your daughter likes the idea of scattering your cremated remains in a meaningful location. Having the input of those you’re closest to can help you gauge whether or not cremation is right for you.

Consider how you’d like to be remembered.

Those who choose cremation can also have a visitation, a reception, and any other formal or informal gathering they wish. Compared to traditional burial, cremation allows for more variety and flexibility when it comes to the location of your final resting place. Cremated remains can be scattered and/or placed in urns, boxes, or even keepsake jewelry so your loved ones can commemorate you in a unique way.

Keep your budget in mind.

Many families are concerned about the cost of a funeral – but we will always keep your budget in mind. It is worth noting that, on average, cremation costs less than traditional burial. Our planning experts can help you arrange an affordable cremation.

Familiarize yourself with the cremation process.

Here at St. Pierre, the cremation process is professional, safe, and secure. When you choose us for your cremation, you can be certain you’ll be in good hands.

Whether you end up choosing conventional burial or cremation, our experienced team is happy to help you start planning ahead today. Contact us to find out more about our cremation service options.