What does direct cremation mean?

By: William Spence
Thursday, October 13, 2022

The term “direct cremation” doesn’t mean what you think it means. Some have mistakenly understood that direct cremation has everything to do with time and restrictions. Neither is true. When direct cremation is chosen, the family has the opportunity to view the deceased prior to cremation. Providing the deceased body is maintained by refrigeration, the family can expect to be able to view the body several days following death. What “direct cremation” does mean is that the family is not engaging the funeral director or funeral home staff for services beyond arranging for cremation of the deceased and the basic services related to disposition.

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