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Planning a cremation

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

In the USA, cremations used to be a rarity. Now, cremation is the most common option for a funeral service, with 60% of the population choosing to have one. In this article, we will explain how to organise a cremation for your loved one.

How do I arrange a cremation?

First, you will need to find a funeral director. If you are making arrangements for yourself you can specify in your will that you want a cremation service. The funeral director will guide you through all the necessary steps to plan the cremation.

After it is organised, it is time to contact loved ones or post about the cremation service via social media so that wider friends and family can attend. We have other articles about funeral planning that expands on the ins and outs of putting together a service for your loved one.

Coffin on a table at a funeral home

Do I need to fill in any paperwork?

Before the cremation takes place you will be required to fill in a Cremation Authorization Form. This form, in conjunction with the death certificate, will allow for a permit to be issued by the county, called a cost of cremation permit, costing around $10–$40. However, in some states this permit is free.

How much will a cremation service cost?

Cremation is actually cheaper than a burial. On average, a cremation service in the USA will cost $3,000–$4,000 whilst a burial service is usually closer to $5,000. If you decide to have a direct cremation, where there is no service for people to attend, this will be around $2,300.

Are there coffin alternatives that are allowed?

You can opt for a shroud instead of a coffin. This will most likely be cheaper and is a more environmentally friendly option.

When can I get the ashes after the cremation service?

Unless stated otherwise, the remains will be placed in an urn and returned to the family.

What should I do with the ashes?

Unless stated in the will, what to do with the ashes is up to whoever has been given them. You might choose to scatter them in the sea, a woodland area, or even have them taken to space for a truly out of this world scattering in space.

Aura Flights can arrange for ashes to be collected for you. If you decide to commemorate a loved one through an ash scattering in space, we will put together a memorial video showing the footage of their trip to the stars as well as the ashes being released from our intelligently designed, custom-made scattering vessel. This video will also be accompanied by specially chosen music, photographs, as well as quotes and anecdotes supplied by friends and family of the deceased if desired.

If this unique service is of interest, do get in touch. Our team are happy to help.


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