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Reasons to Consider Cremation for Your Funeral Pre-Plan

While it may seem overwhelming to pre-plan your own funeral, it is a decision that will offer peace of mind to you and your family. By making a designated plan for your funeral, your loved ones will be able to mourn without the headache of putting together last minute funeral arrangements. When pre-planning, you will discover that there are many choices to be made. One of the biggest decisions is whether you will be buried or cremated. Cremation is increasingly becoming a more popular choice. This article will highlight just a few of the benefits of choosing cremation as part of your funeral pre-plan.

Allows for More Flexibility in Funeral Arrangements

When you opt for a cremation, there is more flexibility in planning the funeral or memorial service. With a cremation, services are able to be custom fit to your individual wants and needs. Families are able to choose from having a funeral before the cremation, a service following cremation, a service at the time of cremation, or no formal services at all. There is more flexibility in timing of services, so it can be easier for family and loved ones to find a time that works best for everyone. Families can choose to scatter the remains or place remains in one or more urns.

Lowers Overall Cost

Funeral expenses can add up quickly and have become more and more expensive as the number of options for caskets and other services have been made available. Cremation is a lower cost alternative to costly cemetery fees, headstones, and caskets.

Decreases Environmental Impact

If you are concerned about your environmental footprint, cremation offers an eco-friendly choice. Since cremation foregoes burial, land resources are not being used. With cremation, embalming chemicals that produce environmental waste are also not being used.

Funeral pre-planning can be daunting, but with St. Louis Cremation, it doesn’t have to be. We specialize in cremation and offer funeral arrangements in St. Louis. Call (314) 241-8844 to get a head start on your funeral planning.

Comforting a Grieving Friend

If your friend is making funeral arrangements or attending the funeral service of a loved one, he is in great need of your comfort and support. The best way to comfort a friend who is grieving is to let him know that you’re there for him in his time of need.

Watch this video for advice on comforting a grieving friend at a funeral service. Each person grieves differently, and may need a different type or level of comfort from friends and family.

At St. Louis Cremation, the compassionate staff at our funeral home in St. Louis can help you navigate the difficult and confusing process of making funeral arrangements and choosing urns. We can help you personalize a funeral service or cremation service to your specific needs. To learn more about our services, call us today at (314) 241-8844.

Answering Questions Veterans and Their Families Have About Funerals

Veterans deserve to have funeral services or cremation services that appropriately honor the sacrifices that they made for their country. While it can be confusing to negotiate with the VA about cremation or funeral arrangements, a funeral home near you can help. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about funeral and cremation services for veterans.

Does the VA Cover Funeral or Cremation Service Costs?

The VA does not directly pay for cremation services. A veteran or his family will have to pay those costs up front. The VA does accept claims for burial allowances, which may cover the costs of a funeral or cremation service. Burial allowances are a flat monetary allowance that can be used for a cremation service, burial service, or funeral service. To be eligible, a veteran must have an honorable discharge and meet at least one of several other criteria established by the VA.

What Burial Benefits Does the VA Offer?

The VA’s burial benefits include a gravesite in one of the country’s national cemeteries, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care of the gravesite, a government headstone, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate. These benefits are provided without cost to the veteran or his family. If a veteran prefers cremation services, his cremated remains will be buried or inurned in a national cemetery with the same honors as casketed remains.

Can I Pre-Plan for My Funeral or Cremation Service?

While gravesites cannot be reserved in advance in any of the country’s national cemeteries, veterans can make their families aware of their wishes for their funeral service or cremation service. Arrangements for either service can be made ahead of time with a funeral home.

If you would like to begin pre-planning a veteran’s funeral in St. Louis, contact our staff at St. Louis Cremation. Our compassionate staff has years of experience making cremation and funeral arrangements and finding urns for veterans and their families. To learn more about how our funeral home can help you plan a veteran’s funeral or cremation, call us today at (314) 241-8844.

Highlighting the St. Louis Cremation Difference

Our experienced and compassionate staff at St. Louis Cremation has been providing funeral services, cremation services, and urns to the community since 1984. Throughout the years, we have remained committed to our goal of providing affordable, high quality end of life services that meet the needs of our diverse community. Our funeral services and cremation services can be personalized in any way that you or your family desires.

We offer a number of cremation packages that range from basic to complex, and that include a variety of cremation services at affordable costs. You simply choose the cremation services that you need, and are never pressured into paying for services that are unnecessary. We also specialize in cremation and funeral arrangements for veterans.

Our all-inclusive cremation and funeral service package is less expensive than any other funeral home’s in the area, and includes transportation, a cremation urn and service, visitation and funeral service at our funeral home, a register book, prayer cards, online obituary, and the generation, copies, and filing of an official death certificate. To learn more about our funeral and cremation services in St. Louis, call us today at (314) 241-8844.

A Look at the Elements of a Traditional Funeral

While the way that funeral services can be customized may vary from one funeral home to another, most traditional funeral services have a few very specific features in common. Keep reading for a look at the common elements of a traditional funeral, including its location, purpose, and structure.

Location of a Traditional Funeral Service

A traditional funeral service is typically held at a funeral home, place of worship, or a cemetery. Many families use the services of a funeral home or place of worship that they have a personal relationship with, and that their family has used for funerals throughout the years. A funeral service may precede a cremation service or a burial service. If the funeral service precedes a burial, the body of the deceased may be present during the funeral service in an open or closed casket.

Purpose of the Funeral Service

The purpose of most traditional funeral services is to mourn, pay final respects to the deceased, and comfort each other in a time of sorrow. Contemporary funeral services have become less somber over time, as families prefer to modify traditional funeral services to allow family and friends to share stories about the deceased and celebrate the deceased’s life.

Structure of a Traditional Funeral Service

While the structure of a traditional funeral service can be customized to meet each family’s needs, it traditionally includes several traditional elements. The funeral service may begin with a visitation period, which allows family and friends to view the body of the deceased. After the visitation, the funeral service is held at a funeral home, cemetery, or place of worship. A burial service or cremation service follows the funeral service and afterwards, family and friends may gather at someone’s home for a reception or memorial.

If you’re making funeral arrangements in St. Louis, our compassionate staff at St. Louis Cremation can help. We can help you personalize a funeral service or cremation service to meet your needs. For more information about urns, our funeral home, and its services, call us today at (314) 241-8844.

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