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How Long Does a Cremation Take to Organise?

The death of loved ones is a sad event and a major loss. Still, it’s a part of the life circle no one can avoid. So when it happens, the deceased should be sent off with dignity and the utmost respect to honour their wishes and customs.

Planning someone’s cremation may seem strange, but it can save you time, money, and nerves when that unfortunate moment comes. But how long does a cremation take to organise? The average range is from two to three weeks.

How to Plan Cremation

Planning a funeral, whether for yourself or a loved one, needs to be done on time so that the last send-off of the deceased goes without any problems. 

For starters, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The cremation type (direct, with memorial service, or funeral)
  • How and where the ashes will be disposed—scattering, putting in a columbarium or mausoleum
  • Coverage of funeral and cremation costs (life insurance, savings, or prepaid plan).

Then you have to decide whether you’ll hire a funeral director to organise the funeral or you’ll do it alone. Professionals can do all tasks related to the deceased’s care and cremation. Depending on their availability, it can happen in a few days or weeks. 

Always shop around for funeral homes with the best offers and prepaid plans. Also, factor in costs for a casket and urn, and don’t forget columbarium or mausoleum fees if the ashes will be disposed of there.

Can You Prepay for a Cremation?

Most funeral homes offer prepaid funeral plans that cover funeral costs upon the plan owner’s death. Thus, you can arrange the entire funeral, from the deceased’s collection to ashes placement, in advance. That way, your family won’t have this financial burden on their back. 

Prepaid plans can be arranged as a single payment or monthly instalments. They cover basic services, but funeral homes also offer optional services such as cremation attendance or priority ashes return.

Can You Arrange a Cremation Alone?

Sometimes it’s more affordable to take care of certain funeral aspects on your own, but it can be tiring and time-consuming. For instance, you need to take care of the deceased after death, do the paperwork, and plan a cremation. 

After receiving the death certificate, you need to go to a cremation provider and agree on funeral details. You have to arrange the body transport to the crematorium, funeral service, and memorial. 

Wrap Up

If you prefer a simple funeral, cremation may be a good option for you. With cremation, you have the flexibility to have a memorial service at a later time, or even in a different location, without the limitations imposed by a traditional burial. Additionally, cremation is often a more affordable option, as it eliminates the need for a casket and burial plot. However, the planning process for cremation can take several weeks, so it’s important to consider this when making your decision. If the planning process seems overwhelming, you can always hire a cremation provider to take care of everything for you.