How to Respond to Questions About Your Choice to Be Cremated

Posted on July 22, 2019 by Deb Eley under cremation
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Preplanning final services makes sense, but your family and friends might be taken aback if they learn that you’ve opted for a cremation over a funeral service. It is true that cremation services Botkins, OH are popular among people from all walks of life. But some people still prefer traditional funeral services and burial over cremation – and they are often vocal about it.

If you preplan a cremation but anticipate that your family and friends might question your choice, it helps to be able to answer their questions. Here are some of the questions they might ask you – as well as some possible answers you can give them.

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Why Would You Get Cremated?

Your response to this question will, of course, be personal since everyone has different motivations for selecting a particular body disposition. You can let them know that both cremation and traditional earth burial are respectful and honorable body disposition options. In fact, cremation is as popular as traditional earth burial, and many believe that it will eventually be the clear-cut favorite between the two. In other words, your going with cremation isn’t going against the grain – it’s going with a popular and well-respected option. It’s also possible that your decision to preplan a cremation is entirely driven by economics. Cremation is a more cost-effective option compared to traditional earth burial. Whatever your rationale, you can communicate to questioners what led to your choice.

Why Would You Want Your Body to Be Burned Up?

This question is based on a misconception of what the cremation process entails. The body is placed into a cremation chamber, but it is not set ablaze. In fact, it is the intense heat in the cremation chamber that reduces the body back to its basic elements. So you can let your family and friends know that your deceased body won’t be set on fire during the cremation process.

Does Having a Cremation Mean You That Can’t Have a Funeral Service?

The good news is that having a cremation does not mean that you can’t have a funeral service before or after the actual cremation. You can have a cremation as a stand-alone option or you can pair it with a church or chapel service. The choice is yours. Some people like to have a memorial or a celebration of life after the cremation. Letting your family and friends know about these options might just be all you need to win them over.

At the end of the day, you have the right to choose whatever body disposition you want. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t want to let your family know ahead of time and help them to understand and accept your choice. You can count on us at Eley Funeral Home & Crematory to help you with the preplanning process – and you can ask for our advice on how to sell your loved ones on the idea of a cremation service. Call our funeral director at (419) 738-7676 or visit us at 1102 Lincoln Ave, Wapakoneta, OH 45895 for the assistance you require. We’re here to make the preplanning process as straightforward and as stress-free as possible.

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