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What Is a Direct Cremation and Should You Choose It?

If you’ve never organized a cremation for a loved one, we’re sure you have many questions. One of the most popular types of cremation is direct cremation. While the result is the same, the process is much different. 

Before deciding about direct cremation services, there are several things to keep in mind, and we are here to help you make an informed decision.

What Is a Direct Cremation?

The process of direct cremation is as simple as it gets. Direct cremation involves using heat and flame to deconstruct the deceased’s body into smaller particles called ash. All this is done without your presence and handled by a technician. 

What Is the Main Difference Between Direct Cremation and Traditional Cremation?

Direct cremation skips most of the steps that traditional cremation includes. Everything is done without your presence, and everything is done by a professional.

With the traditional cremation, once the procedure starts, many funeral homes will allow the conduct of certain traditional/religious rituals as the cremation is ongoing. This may involve a eulogy, music, or other cultural/religious activities appropriate for the occasion. 

How Many Steps Does Direct Cremation Include?

The process of direct cremation involves a handful of simple steps. It starts with the funeral home organizing the transportation of the deceased to a funeral home or crematorium.

The second step is dealing with all the paperwork, such as the death certificate and the permission to cremate. 

Once the process is complete, the remains of the deceased are handed over to the family or the person responsible for the takeover. It’s simple as that.

Is Direct Cremation Expensive?

On the contrary, direct cremation is much cheaper than a traditional cremation/funeral service because it doesn’t involve the typical aspects of funeral preparation – cosmetics, dress/suit, hair, nail care, etc.

Direct cremation is the cheapest option, but it is not the only reason people choose it. Many struggle with the emotional weight of the procedure and would not want to be present for it. At the same time, at other times, the deceased may have planned on having a simple procedure without other people’s involvement or formalities.

Final Words

Direct cremation does not prevent you from celebrating the life of your loved one, scattering their ashes, or burying them in a cemetery or a columbarium. Direct cremation speeds up the process for those who would prefer a simplified and inexpensive procedure that will allow you to skip the painful part and dignify the deceased on your (or their) terms afterwards.