With more people than ever choosing cremation services in Prince Albert, SK, after they pass, it’s no surprise that the conversation often comes up in different social circles. Still, telling your loved ones you want to be cremated may not be so simple.
It can be a sensitive discussion; however, there are ways to make it easier for everyone involved.
If you haven’t made plans for your funeral, or want to make changes to existing arrangements, here are some tips on how and when to broach the subject with your loved ones. Applying them will make everyone feel heard and respected throughout the process.
Don’t Wait Until You Are Near Death To Bring It Up
It’s important to understand that when you are near death, and your loved ones are making arrangements for you, you may not have a say in what will happen to your remains.
If you wait until you are ill and near death, you will have to argue your case for cremation as your loved ones make the arrangements for you. It’s best to bring it up as early in your life as possible, so you never have to go through that stress.
If you are young and healthy, don’t worry that bringing it up will be offensive or sound like you’re too young to make such a big decision. You are not too young to know what you want. Make sure your family knows you want your remains to be cremated.
Know your reason(s)
Your loved ones will probably ask you why you want cremation. Make sure you know exactly why you want to choose this option.
Is it that you’re on a budget? Is it because you feel it’s a more ecological way to dispose of a body? Is it because you have seen loved ones go through the stress of a traditional burial, and you don’t want to put your family through that?
Whatever reason you choose, make sure you are confident in your decision.
Reinforce that you love and appreciate them
Cremation is not an easy decision to make. It’s important to tell your loved ones that you love them and appreciate them. Reassure them that you aren’t trying to offend them or hurt them by choosing cremation.
Let them know that it’s the best decision for you. That part of loving them is making this decision so they don’t have to. That you want to make this as easy as possible for them.
Offer to have a family meeting
If you feel like some or all of your loved ones just aren’t understanding why you want to be cremated, then offer to host a meeting with them. This will allow everyone to get their feelings out and ask any lingering questions. It will also give you a chance to explain your decision.
Recognize that everyone deals with grief differently
Some people want a traditional burial for themselves and their loved ones. Some people will want to be buried at sea. Some people will want their ashes to be scattered in a special place. And some people will want their remains to be cremated.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve. It’s important to remember that everyone deals with grief differently, and not everyone will react the same way to your decision.
Pre-planning the cremation can also alleviate your family’s struggles with you choosing cremation.
Our Prince Albert, SK cremation service can help with that. We will work with you to ensure you get the farewell you want and relieve the burden of planning for your family when you pass. Call us now to speak with our funeral director.
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