Most people are aware of the many benefits of choosing cremation services in Aspen, CO, but many people don’t know how to go about planning cremation services. Whether you’re preplanning for your own eventual passing, or dealing with the loss of a loved one, these tips can offer you some guidance on planning cremation services:
- Choose the Service Type – Your first step is to choose what kind of cremation service you want, as there are a few different types. The two most common choices are traditional cremation and direct cremation. Traditional cremation is when there is a funeral or service before the cremation, which required the body to be embalmed and put in a casket. Direct cremation id when the body is cremated before any type of service. Because there is no pre-cremation funeral, the does not need to be embalmed or put in a casket.
- Get a Death Certificate– You have to get a death certificate before the cremation facility or funeral home will process the body. Some crematories can offer to help you obtain a death certificate, but they might charge for the service. Make sure you get a few copies, as you will need to present a death certificate for many cremation steps and processes.
- Fill Out Cremation Authorization Forms– All bodies must be held, examined and authorized for cremation by the county coroner or medical examiner. After the examination, the coroner will fill out and sign a cremation authorization form. Many cremation authorization forms include information on other body identifiers like fingerprints, as well as:
- Time, place and cause of death
- Date of birth
- Any potential infectious diseases
- Pacemakers or other implants
- Arrange Transportation For the Body – Many crematories and funeral facilities offer included body transportation from the medical office, place of death, or storage to the place where it will be cremated. You might have to take care of the transportation yourself, so be prepared.
- Buy a Cremation Casket – You will need a cremation casket or a simple box that can be burned for the body to be cremated in. Some facilities provide a simple box free of charge, but you can purchase a more decorated or fancy casket if you so choose.
- Create Plans for After the Cremation – The cremated remains will be returned to you after the cremation. You need to make a plan for what to do with these remains. Some common options are scattering, interring, burying displaying or storing the ashes. You can also display the remains in an urn at some special location or at home, or bury or inter the remains in a mausoleum, the ground or a columbarium.
If you would like more tips on planning and arranging Aspen, CO cremation services, or have general questions about cremation or funerals, Brown’s Cremation & Funeral Service is here to help. We have years of cremation and funeral experience and would be honored to use our experience to help you in your time of loss. Please stop by and visit us at 904 N 7th St Grand Junction, CO 81501, or give us a call at (970) 255-8888 to learn more about what we can do for you.