How Long Before Cremation Happens?

If you have decided to go with cremation in Cranston, RI for a loved one who has recently passed away, but you’ve never had the process done before, you might not know what to expect. How soon does it have to happen? The answer varies based on what you and your family want to do regarding final services. Here are a couple of options to consider: 


Direct Cremation 

Direct cremation is the least expensive option, but it still leaves you plenty of service flexibility. With direct cremation, the person would go from their place of death, straight to cremation without any other services. You’ll have to have their death certificate and other paperwork in order, but once those things are situated, it can happen pretty fast. You will want to be certain that cremation is what you want before you move forward as it cannot be reversed. Many families choose direct cremation and then have memorial services of some kind later. The type of memorial services you can have are endless and this freedom let’s families plan something unique and special for their loved one. 


Other Cremation 

The other type of cremation occurs at a later time. You could, for example, have a visitation with your loved one’s body and even a full funeral service (you can even rent a casket to avoid the expense of buying one) and then the cremation happens after that. If your family finds comfort from actual funeral rituals and would like to have one, but also likes the idea of cremation, those two things aren’t mutually exclusive. You can have the funeral with your loved one present, and then have them cremated. You can do other things after the cremation as well, such as a memorial service, an ash scattering, or whatever else you’d like. You get the best of both services if you go this route. 


When you are thinking about cremation for a loved one, remember there are no concrete right or wrong choices. You simply have to think about them, what they would have wanted, and what your family appreciates. Everyone needs a chance to say goodbye and the final services are as much for your family as they are for honoring your loved one. 


If you need help sorting through the options, talking things out with someone, or if you already know what you want and are ready to proceed, contact Frank P. Trainor & Sons Funeral Home at (401) 461-4843. We can help you set up whatever type of cremation in Cranston, RI you want. With our team at work by your side, you can take a step back from the planning process and spend more time grieving and supporting your family. Planning final services can be hard, but when you have professionals to help, they can take over the details once you make the decisions. Visit with our funeral director in person at 982 Warwick Ave, Warwick, RI 02888 and let’s get started in creating a cremation plan for your loved one and your family. 

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