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If you’re considering cremation, the possibilities are endless

As the number of people choosing cremation over traditional burial increases, it’s important to understand the options available

When making end-of-life arrangements or planning a life celebration, you may have a strong idea of what you want even before beginning the process. As the number of people choosing cremation over traditional burial increases, it’s important to understand the options available if you or a loved one are considering cremation. 

Cremation options to fit your needs and budget 

Cremation provides a great deal of flexibility to create a beautiful memorial within your budget. You aren’t limited when it comes to cremation memorialization or remembrance. A tribute of any kind can be held before or after the cremation has taken place and with or without the casket or urn present. The service itself can be as simple or elaborate as you envision. And whether you opt for catering or calla lilies, remember that it’s your life celebration and should reflect your personality and passions. 

What if I don’t want a memorial service?

If you choose cremation but prefer not to have a memorial service, you may not realize that a ceremony can help your loved ones begin to accept your passing. Cremation is simply one way of preparing for remembrance and memorialization. There is still a need for a meaningful gathering to honour that loved one and to assist survivors in the grieving and healing process. A memorial gives people who are close to you the time to come together and remember your life—and the chance to say goodbye. Without such a service, family and friends sometimes struggle to find the closure they will need.

What happens to the ashes after the service?

Today, there are a myriad of ways to create a lasting, beautiful memorial for those choosing cremation. From simple final tributes to more elaborate family memorials, cremation allows you to choose from a wide variety of memorial types. Keep in mind that many cemeteries now offer special gardens specifically for those choosing cremation. Creating a lasting, personal impression of a special life helps to ensure that memories will live on in the hearts and minds of family and friends. A licensed cemetery professional can help you learn about ways you can memorialize your loved one or plan ahead to leave your own lasting legacy.

Take the time to think it through

The best time to begin exploring your options is now, before the time of need. Talk with friends and family members. If you’re unsure about the right choice for you, write down your thoughts or even develop a list of pros and cons as you reflect on your choices. If you have any questions or would like to talk about your options with a professional, Dignity Memorial® providers in the Halifax area are here to help and even offer a complimentary Personal Planning Guide, a valuable planning tool where you can record and organize your final wishes. In it, you’ll find many questions that you and your family may not have considered that can help determine how you want to be remembered and ultimately gain peace of mind and protect your loved ones. 

Request a planning guide today. Visit today to find the location nearest you, including A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, Cruikshank's Halifax Funeral Home and JA Snow Funeral Home. 

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