It comes as no surprise that cremation is quickly becoming the preferred disposition at the time of death.
In New Hampshire, approximately 82% of individuals are electing cremation when death occurs.
According to the National Funeral Directors Association research, "the steadily rising popularity of cremation is attributed to a number of factors, including consumer considerations, environmental concerns, an increasingly transient population, fewer religious prohibitions of the practice and changing consumer preferences, such as the desire for simpler, less ritualized funeral practices.
Cremation has become socially acceptable as more Americans are thinking and talking about death in new ways, and its popularity is expected to intensify..."
With the prevalence of cremation, there are also many myths surrounding it.
It is our hope to clarify some of these for you.
If I choose cremation, I still need to be embalmed and buy a casket
By law, embalming is only required in certain special situations, such as a funeral with viewing. While this is certainly an option when cremation is desired, it is by no means required. Should you elect to choose a simple cremation or cremation service with no viewing, embalming is NOT required. Furthermore, a casket is NOT required when a simple cremation is selected, however, we do offer rental caskets for those families desiring to have a public viewing prior to cremation taking place.
If I choose cremation, no one is allowed to see me before the cremation.
Except in extenuating circumstances, there is nothing that says a brief, private family viewing cannot be done prior to cremation. In fact, many families have expressed a relief after having those final private moments of closure. Unlike other cremation providers, we do not charge extra for that opportunity if it is requested.
MYTH: My local Funeral Home does not do cremation....I'll have to use some other cremation provider or society.
THE FACTS: While it is true that some local funeral homes may limit their cremation service options or not operate their own crematory, they can all assist in one way or another. Many funeral directors elect not to operate their own crematories in order to ease the risk of errors and liability. In many cases, funeral homes will establish a long-lasting relationship with a reputable third-party crematory, who is also regulated by a State Funeral Board and held to the utmost standards.
MYTH: I got a very low price on cremation---this is the best provider there is!
THE FACTS: Read the fine print! While many cremation providers will advertise their low price or their ability to "offer the same service for less," this may not always be the case. Ask what is included with this cremation price. Oftentimes, some providers will charge an additional fee to meet with you in your own home, to remove a pacemaker prior to cremation, to allow for a private family viewing prior to cremation, to meet with you or conduct a service on a weekend, or will even charge extra for cremation of those individuals above a certain weight. Before signing a commitment, ask for a breakdown of everything you are paying for. If circumstances allow for it, don't be afraid to call a few different providers. If you ask for pricing over the phone, funeral homes are required to provide you with that information or a General Price List if you request it. A lot can be said for how you are spoken to and treated during that initial phone call. First impressions are paramount!
We encourage you to contact us should you have any other questions or concerns.
When cremation is chosen, the possibilities are endless.
We pride ourselves on continually adapting to the needs of our families.