The Last Light: Planning Cremation with Funeral Service Professionals

Many people may be considering a cremation if they pass away. In some respects, a cremation has its own way of easing the stress on the bereaved, because of its relatively lower cost and simplicity, especially when done with careful planning.

Cremation as a funeral rite has been gaining popularity in the country, but more in some parts than in others. The Business Insider recently cited a National Funeral Directors Association report for 2015, which noted a stark contrast in preference for cremation by people in the Pacific Northwest and those in Mississippi, with the former preferring cremation and the latter leaning heavily towards burial. Indiana was named one of the states with a relatively balanced likelihood of residents preferring either a cremation or burial.

If you think that a cremation is more in line with your preferences when the time comes for your last farewell, consider the services of a place like the Usher Funeral Home in Indianapolis, and plan out the details with the service professionals.


Some parts of the process require preparations on your end. For instance, you may need to lay down your personal details and provide your loved ones and the funeral service provider with separate copies of needed documents. A key detail would be your Social Security number to help in discussing the arrangements. It would also be wise to assign a trusted person to be in charge of furnishing the funeral provider with information such as vital records for a death certificate.

Consultations with the funeral service can touch on whether to make the cremation service religious or non-religious, among other important details.

Caskets and Urns

A formal casket is not needed for a cremation service without viewing prior to cremation.  However state and local laws or crematory requirements may necessitate the purchase of an inexpensive outer burial container for such a service.  Urns are also not a necessary purchase but are many times purchased by families.

Final Disposition

Generally, the ashes of the deceased are given to the loved ones. However, other arrangements may be made, such as dividing the ashes among several parties, or having it scattered in a separate place. There are a litany of options available. The cremations service provider may also help in planning and executing these wishes.

There are people in Indianapolis who want to adhere to the precept of “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” when they pass on. Whatever the circumstances may be, early planning can help make that final farewell as stress-free and as meaningful as you would want it to be.


Remembrance services associated with cremation can take many different forms.  Many people plan services that take place in their places of worship.  Some plan religious themed services which take place at a mortuary and some plan services without a religious theme that take place at settings such as parks, homes or fraternal lodges.


How To Arrange A Cremation?, Cremation Resource

Here’s where your dead body is more likely to be cremated than buried, Business Insider


People’s ideas about the memorial program can revolve around sharing with other people a happy time with the dearly departed. The planning for this can involve cataloguing some items designed to associate people with the deceased.


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