A Bittersweet Goodbye: A Blog About Funerals

Follow These Steps If You Want Cremation After You Pass Away

Do you want your body to be cremated after you pass away, but worry that other people in your family won't carry out your wishes? If so, it will help to take the following steps to make sure that all of your wishes will be carried out.

Let Family Members Know

The first thing that you should do is prepare your family members by letting them know in person. A common mistake that people make is only listing their desire for cremation in their will, but the will is not found until after the funeral process has already been started.

You must take the time to express to your friends and family members that you would like to use cremation and why it is important to you. For example, the desire for cremation may be due to your personal beliefs, and having family members hear about why you want cremation will help them go along with what you want. 

Decide On A Memorial Service

A memorial service for someone that is cremated has many options for how it can be done. Some people decide to have a traditional service at a funeral home with the urn on display, while others would prefer to have an ash scattering ceremony. Think about what you would like so that you can make your wishes known to others. 

Pre-Arrange Your Funeral

If you have doubts about your post mortem wishes being carried out, it may be a good idea to pre-plan your funeral. It is actually possible for you to pay for your funeral the necessary vendors in advance so that everything is exactly the way you want it. Not only does this include the cost of cremation services, but also selecting the urn that you want the ashes to be placed into. Many people like pre-planning their own funeral because it gives them peace of mind that everything will be exactly how they want it. 

Update Your Will 

Did you recently decide that you would like to use cremation after you pass? It's a good idea to update your will to make sure that there is no confusion. Confusion often happens if there are multiple versions of a will out there, and people need to determine which one is most recent. You'll actually want to destroy old copies of the will to ensure that nobody finds the wrong copy that may have stated previous wishes.