If you are planning your own funeral as part of your estate plans or if you recently lost a loved one, you may be wondering if cremation services in Reading, PA are right for you. If you have never considered cremation before, you may be hesitant to do so at first. Cremation is becoming an increasingly popular funeral option for a lot of different reasons. If you are wondering if it may be right for you, consider the following.
Cremation is the most affordable option available for funerals. Since the process is fairly simple and straight forward, it can be done quickly. There is no need to embalm a body that will be cremated so you don’t have to worry about the cost of embalming fluid or other chemicals that are used to preserve a body and prepare it for burial. You also don’t have to pay for a casket or burial services. Even though you have a lot less to plan and pay for, you do still have the option to bury the ashes or spread them as you with. You can also choose an urn to hold the ashes and make plans for a traditional memorial service.
While nobody wants to rush a funeral sometimes you need to get through it quickly for various reasons. A traditional funeral and burial can take several days and even weeks to plan. The body must be prepared, and family members must plan out the service. Cremation can be completed much quicker. The process can be done in a day and family members can choose if they want to have a service or would prepare to simply take the ashes after cremation. There is no need to plan for a burial.
If you would like to give a family member a traditional funeral or memorial service but need more time to come up with money or arrange for family members to attend, cremation can buy you some time. Once the body is cremated, you can keep the ashes until you are ready to have the ceremony. You can then choose to have a memorial service. You can also wait for family members to distribute the ashes or spread them in the desired location. While a body cannot be preserved for long periods of time, ashes can be saved until you are in a better situation to plan a funeral.
Cremation services in Reading, PA are an option for anyone who wants a different type of funeral. Whether planning a funeral for yourself for a loved one, cremation is something to consider. To learn more about the cremation services we offer as well as our other services, stop by the Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home. We are located at 444 N 9th St. in Reading, PA 19601. You can also call us at (610) 374-0962 to make arrangements. We are here to help with all your funeral planning needs.