After a loss, we are faced with the responsibility of deciding on burial and funerary arrangements. Commonly, people use the services of a funeral home. They are experts and will help your family navigate the process step by step. Additionally, there are other options available that may fit the wishes of your loved one and may be more affordable if you’re experiencing a financial hardship.
There are some organizations in Maryland that provide direct cremation services, which means that a formal funeral, viewing, or wake may not be included, as this is often times significantly less expensive. This may also be a good option for those who wish to hold a celebration of life or ceremony of remembrance on their own terms.
Some people may be aware that their loved one would want to contribute to research or medical advancement, and therefore may want to look into whole body donation programs. Some programs require pre-registration and there may be certain criteria that needs to be met in order to utilize this service. While this is typically low in cost or free, cremains may not be returned in a timely manner or at all. It is important to check with the specific organization you’re looking into.