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What You Need to Know About Cremation

No one wants to think about what will happen after they pass. However, it is a good idea to plan so that it’s one less decision for your family to make. When it comes to cremation Westchester IL residents should know a few things.

Costs

The cost of that cremation is going to be considerably more affordable than burial. However, the costs will vary based on the facility you go to as well as some of the different options that are available. For example, you may want to have the cremation done in conjunction with having a funeral so that family and friends can say goodbye. Otherwise, it may be possible to simply be cremated and happier ashes passed to a specific family member.

What to Do with the Ashes

There are a number of things that can be done with the ashes. Upon cremation, the ashes can be placed into an urn so that they can be displayed by a family member. The ashes can also be placed in a compartment within a columbarium, which is a place where a number of urns are placed. These are often on or near cemeteries. It is also possible for the remains to be placed inside of a bag and/or box so that they can be scattered in a location of your choosing.

Last Wishes

When you decide on cremation, it’s also a good idea to identify any other last wishes that you have. You may want to identify a specific protocol for what goes on at your funeral. You can choose to have a viewing or not. If you choose a viewing, cremation will, obviously, happen afterward. Otherwise, the cremation can take place earlier on. If you are planning for your own death, this is when you want to be specific about how you want your family or friends to handle your funeral as well as all of the other details, such as if you want your ashes scattered.

Planning for your own death is never easy. However, if you have specific desires regarding your cremation, there are a few things you will want to know and have written down so that your final requests are honored.

Can people die of grief?

I believe so. My uncle succumbed to liver cancer on Wednesday. Apart from the terminal illness, I believed grief has been a big factor in his deterioration. The old man has yet to heal emotionally from the death of his daughter who also died of cancer in 2015. Since his daughter’s demise he became sickly and lonesome. The grief may have taken its toll on his health.

According to https://www.psychologytoday.com:

“Among life events, loss of a loved one ranks as one of life’s greatest stresses. Unfortunately, virtually every one of us will have to work though this at some point, and for some this event poses special health dangers. We have long known that death of a husband or wife is sometimes followed within a few months by death of the surviving spouse. The common explanation is almost a cliche—”He died of a broken heart after he lost his wife.” In fact, this statement is often correct.”

At this point, I’m worried about my aunt’s welfare. She herself is not in good shape physically and yet she is dealing with the loss of another loved one…