What is Direct Cremation?

Posted on July 2, 2018 by Karen Reardon under Cremations
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As you may have heard, cremation is becoming a more popular choice because of its costs and conveniences, but there are actually different types of cremation in Matthews. Direct cremation is the simplest type of cremation. What is it? How does it work? Is it the best option for you? Use some of the answers to these questions to help you cremation in Matthews, NCdecide what is right for your family’s situation.

What is direct cremation?

First, you need to know exactly what direct cremation is. Direct cremation is when your loved one is cremated very soon after their death, before any type of service is held. There is no visitation or viewing and there is no formal funeral held with the body. Cremation takes place right away and it is much more affordable because of it. It does not, however, prevent you from having a memorial service after the direct cremation has taken place.

What are the benefits of direct cremation?

One of the largest benefits is that direct cremation is very inexpensive compared to other options. At Heritage Funeral Home our Direct Cremation price is $1,595 plus the cost of cash advance items such as death certificates and obituaries.  Many families appreciate the cost benefits because they can use the money in other ways, like to donate to a charity or to organize a memorial service later. And there are also families who like having things wrapped up in a matter of days.

What about memorial services?

Some people think that when they go with direct cremation everything is done and that’s that. There are no services possible. That couldn’t be further from the truth. While there are no services held before direct cremation, you can do whatever you’d like after. In fact, it’s highly encouraged for the mourning process. Memorial services can be of any kind, on any date, and in any location. The options are limitless and can give you a lot of freedom to honor your loved one just how you want.

While there are many other questions revolving around direct cremation, the professionals at Heritage Funeral & Cremation Services are here to answer them. We understand that your loved one was important to you and you want to make the right decision. Give us a call in Matthews NC at (704) 846-3771, in Charlotte, NC at (704) 714-1540 4431 or in Indian Trail, NC at (704) 821-2960. It’s our job to help you make informed decisions every step of the way during this tough time in your life. You can also visit one of our three locations: Matthews/Weddington Chapel: 3700 Forest Lawn Dr., Matthews, NC 28104, Charlotte/Ballantyne Chapel: 16151 Lancaster Hwy.,  Charlotte, NC 28277, or Indian Trail Chapel: 4431 Old Monroe Rd.,  Indian Trail, NC 28079. We’re here to help you through this difficult time. If you want to look at specifics before we visit in person or over the phone, visit our website for ideas and prices at https://www.heritagecares.com/

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