As many who have been through the death of a friend or loved one in the past will know, there are generally two options for the remains of the departed: Burial or cremation. These two broad options have varying potential benefits and drawbacks depending on the needs and desires of the surviving family and friends.
At Lindquist Mortuaries, we can help you understand all the options available to you for both standard burial and cremation if you’re considering it. Within the realm of cremation, there are actually a couple specific options that might be available to you, one of which is called direct cremation – let’s look at the difference between this and standard cremation formats, plus some possible plusses and negatives of this choice.
During most cremation scenarios, the body of the departed is left intact for some period of time directly following death. This is for various purposes, but mostly to give family, friends and acquaintances a chance to arrange a viewing or other ceremonies that may be desired.
In cases of direct cremation, however, this process is sped up. Rather than waiting on the cremation process, the remains are cremated within the days immediately following the passing of the departed. Most such situations will involve no service or visitation, except in some cases by only direct family members. Many families who opt for direct cremation choose to spread or memorialize the remains of their loved one.
There are a few benefits of direct cremation that many families consider:
There are a few reasons why some families opt against direct cremation, however: