Tips To Make Your Cremation Decision Easier For Relatives To Cope With

Have you made the decision to get cremated when you pass away? If so, you may have found out that some of your friends and family members are confused or not supportive of your decision. Others may be supportive, but they may have reservations about the thought of cremation. Their opinions or disagreements with your decision to cremate your remains should not sway you away from your preference, and the following tips could help them to better understand your decision and have a deeper appreciation for cremation. 

Ensure they are educated. 

Cremation deters some people due to their thoughts of the deceased remains getting burned. You can use the cremation services provider you choose as a resource for helping your family and close friends understand the process of cremation as well as the attention to detail and respect for remains exercised throughout the cremation process. They may use videos or a question and answer sessions to educate your loved ones.

Personalize your memorial service.

If your plans are to have your remains cremated prior to your memorial service, attendees will not have the privilege of a final viewing at the service. Inquire with your services provider about making a tribute video. The video can include some of your favorite songs with photos of you and loved ones. You could also opt for a silent video with various photos of you and your loved ones. If your budget permits, you can inquire about having extra copies of the video for family and close friends to take home as keepsakes.

You can also gather items and request that they are arranged on a table in honor of your life. This is sometimes referred to as a "memory table." Examples of items you may want to place on your memory table are photos, employment badges, candles, or items that mimic your hobbies such as a toy boat or fish if you enjoy boating or a quilt you made if you enjoy quilting. Memory tables can also be used for guests to leave items in honor of your memory. 

Consider a unique way to use the ashes from your remains. 

Many people choose to have their ashes spread out in nature or one of their favorite locations, and others opt for having them placed in an urn. The urn you select can be buried, or you can request that a loved one keep it if they are comfortable with the request. If you would like to "share a piece of yourself" with surviving friends and relatives, consider making plans for the ashes to be made into jewelry or glassware. You could also request to divide the ashes among your loved ones to use as they please. For example, a loved one who likes tattoos could use your ashes in tattoo ink, which can be considered as a symbol of your memory. 

For additional info about personalizing your cremation, speak with a representative from a crematorium.