Memorial services are important as they are a means of bringing family closer together after the loss of a loved one. It is a time for family members and close friends to reflect and share memories of the departed.
Nowadays there are numerous memorial services available, and whether it is a glitzy affair or a very simple one, a memorial service should be organised properly.
It is important to include family members in the choice of hymns and songs to be sung and played. Certain family members or close friends may want to give a speech or read out a favourite poem of the deceased or just say a few lines of consolation to the family.
Both a burial and cremation can hold a memorial service and they are very similar in style. Contrary to popular belief, you can also have a burial plot and headstone even if you are cremated.
Cremation is now widely accepted, except in certain cultures and an increase in the cremation rate has been seen over the years. During the last 15 years or so, cremation is said to have risen by fifteen percent in Canada alone and is still on the rise.
There is also a major difference in the cost of a burial compared to a cremation. A basic cremation will start at $600 and a burial from around $2,500 and $10,000.
There are various ways in which to keep cremation costs to a minimum.
If the remains or ‘ashes’ are kept in an urn then you will save on both burial plot and casket and by shopping around for a suitable urn, big savings can also be made. It is also a good idea to arrange the printing yourself and flowers.
Overall, cremation is not a bad choice and is a cost effective, yet decent way in which to say farewell to a close friend or loved one.