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Choosing Cremation: Should You Host A Viewing For Your Loved One?

When your loved one chooses cremation, you may have to decide between holding a viewing and funeral or holding a memorial service. Both options are acceptable, and if your loved one didn't state a preference, you can choose the one that makes sense for your family. Here are a few things to consider as you plan your loved one's funeral.

Timing Of Services

Should you decide to hold an open casket viewing before cremation is performed, the timing is critical. To keep your loved one's remains in the proper condition for a viewing, you'll need to hold the funeral soon after he or she passes away. fi you have family spread out across the country, this may be difficult to arrange. However, a memorial service performed after cremation can be held at any time that is convenient for your family. Talk to your funeral home director about the timing to help determine which option is correct.

Cost Considerations

If you choose to hold a viewing, you will need to either rent or purchase a casket. This additional expense may not fit in your planned budget, and you may decide that direct cremation with a memorial service to follow is more affordable for your family. Before you make a decision, talk to your funeral home director about pricing. He or she may be able to source a rental casket that fits your budget, or your funeral home director may also be able to find a cremation casket that can go from the viewing to the cremation facility. Some families prefer the cremation casket, as it offers a more comforting way to bid farewell to a loved one.

Religious Preferences

While many religions are accepting of cremation as an option for a person's final disposition, there may be certain religious ceremonies you want to have held before the cremation is performed. If you prefer to have a mass or a blessing of your loved one, you may decide that a viewing and casket funeral service is the right option for you. Your family's priest, minister, or religious advisor can help you to determine the right option for your loved one's faith and religious preferences.

Ultimately, the decision to hold a viewing is a personal one for you and your family to make. There is no wrong decision, and you can rest easy knowing a funeral home director, such as from Romero Family Funeral Home Corp., will help guide you through the process no matter which option you select.