How do you feel about cremation? That may not be the best question to use as an icebreaker at your next party, but it’s one worth asking yourself if you’re undecided about your end-of-life plans.
While cost is a common motivation for choosing cremation, and it’s true that it typically comes with a lower price tag than a traditional burial, there’s another benefit that isn’t always talked about: in addition to increased affordability, cremation may offer increased versatility.
That’s right. If you want more opportunities to customize the way you’ll be remembered—to really make your funeral a celebration of your personality and the things you loved most about life—cremation may be a good option to consider.
Location, Location, Location
While there are absolutely a lot of different directions to take with burial, all paths eventually lead to a cemetery. You or your loved ones may end up picking the location for a memorial service or celebration of life based on convenience rather than any actual connection to the place.
Cremation may allow you to get a little more personal with your venue selection…you could choose the park where you love to hike every weekend, the beach where you’ve watched years’ worth of sunrises and sunsets with your partner, or (depending on the size of the gathering) even a favorite local restaurant where you and your family have shared many meals and conversations.
In other words, you can choose to be remembered in a place where some of your best memories were made.
Traditionally, we’ve used urns to hold the ashes of our loved ones, and if you decide to go that route, there’s a lot to choose from. You can find classic options conveniently available on Amazon. Maybe you’re looking for a more modern take on memorials. Or maybe it’s a one-of-a-kind custom-made piece on Etsy that feels like the right vessel.
However, if the idea of your earthly remains sitting in a fancy jar on a mantel doesn’t appeal to you, there are plenty of alternatives.
What if, instead of just being buried, you could be planted? Companies like The Living Urn create products that allow your ashes to nourish a tree or a patch of flowers.
If you love the sound of waves (and the idea of helping to heal the damage that’s been done to our oceans), think about allowing your ashes to become part of a coral reef.
Ashes can also be used as a component of unique mementos such as jewelry, vinyl records, fireworks, portraits, and even tattoos. Having a tangible, meaningful reminder of a lost loved one can be really powerful and really comforting. It’s a beautiful detail to consider when making end-of-life plans.
Wherever You Are
Another thing that makes cremation such a flexible plan is the possibility of easily transporting the remains of a loved one. While being planted with a tree or becoming part of a coral reef may mean that your ashes are permanently rooted in the soil or deep in the ocean, most of the cremation formats described above allow for portability should your family relocate after your passing.
While of course they can always take the memory of you with them, if may be upsetting to have to leave behind the physical place where they connect to that memory. Cremation offers your loved ones the option not only to take that connection with them wherever they go, but also to divide it among multiple locations if needed.
The Empowering Potential of Planning
It may be a little more clear now why half of Americans choose cremation. It’s not just a way to potentially save money or simplify a funeral. It’s a way to really open up the possibilities as you consider how you’d like to be remembered.
No matter what option you end up connecting to most deeply, final expense life insurance may be able to help cover the costs associated with the end of life, and that increased peace of mind is a wonderful gift to give your loved ones. Visit finalwishescovered.com today to get a no-obligation quote or call 888-432-7066 to talk with one of our insurance professionals about which plan may be a good fit for you.