Traditional vs. Direct Cremation: What’s the Difference?

When a relative dies, one of the final resolutions you’ll make is deciding what will happen to their bodies. It’s a big and personal decision that needs a thorough thought process because it’s a choice of how you wish to commemorate them. Fortunately, other than a traditional burial, there are now more options, including cremation services.

What Is Cremation?

Cremation is an alternative to a traditional burial that families can consider when taking care of a departed relative’s remains. It involves using an industrial furnace to incinerate the body and turn it into ashes or cremains. The cremains are placed in an urn and delivered to the bereaved. In recent years, this option has gained popularity because of its benefits, which include being good for the environment and allowing for more flexibility. It’s also a simple arrangement suitable for families looking for more economical choices.

At present, there are two types of cremation: direct and traditional cremation. Listed below are their differences. 

Traditional Cremation

In a traditional cremation, the body is brought to a funeral home to undergo embalming and dressing in preparation for viewing or memorial service. After the visitation, the body will be taken to a crematorium where the cremation will take place. Only then will the family receive the remains of their relative. Typically, funeral homes offer service packages inclusive of all the required services. 

Direct Cremation

In contrast, direct cremation is a more straightforward option because it doesn’t involve preparations like embalming and dressing. The body is transported directly to the crematorium for cremation. After that, the ashes are placed in an urn or container before delivering them to the family. Because viewing or visitation is not part of this procedure, families can freely decide when to hold a more personal service for their deceased loved one.  

Cost Difference

Although the costs for these services may vary depending on the location, direct cremation is cheaper than the traditional one; the latter involves body preparations that need additional charges. In addition, viewing days are charged daily. 

Consult a Funeral Home 

Ultimately, the most important thing is choosing the right service that appeals to your family’s wishes and best interests. For assistance on cremation services, call Heishman Funeral Home. Our offices in Woodstock and Edinburg have professionals ready to accommodate your concerns.