Cremation with a ceremony/service before or afterward
+ Loved ones have time and space to grieve and remember together.
– There are no real downsides to a well-planned service.
Cremation with viewing/identification
+ Provides an opportunity to say goodbye and to identify your loved one.
– Some facilities may only accommodate a limited number of people.
– There may be limited guidance for navigating available cremation and service options
DIY – direct cremation with no additional services
+ Fully individualized, designed by you and your family and friends.
– You must handle potentially complicated arrangements on your own, possibly in the midst of grieving.
Resources: Your best resource is a funeral director who can guide you through the various options.