Cremation Benefits Every Cost-Conscious Planner Should Know

Cremation is undeniably one of the most budget-friendly options when it comes to planning your end-of-life arrangements at home. With a cost that is only a fraction of the cost of a traditional burial, more funeral homes now offer cremation simply because it is a more affordable option. If you consider yourself a cost-conscious shopper in life, there is no reason to do anything different when you visit a funeral home to make your arrangements for when you pass away. Check out a few benefits of cremation that every savings-savvy pre-planner should know. 

Cremation means a memorial can be held anywhere. 

While a memorial service can be held at a funeral home, you do have to pay for the cost of using the facility for the chosen time slot. Holding a service at a funeral home may only be worth paying for with cremation if you prefer the formal setup or have a large family. One major perk with cremation is the fact that the memorial service can be held just about anywhere as long as you are not looking for a casket display before the cremation takes place. This means if you prefer to save money and simply have a small gathering of friends and loved ones at home, that is perfectly doable and there is nothing creepy about it. 

Cremation means you don't even have to purchase an urn. 

While the majority of cremains end up in an urn, this is an expense you can skip if you have something else in mind. For example, if you plan to have your ashes spread on your private property, you can simply opt for the cremains to be placed in a standard box at the funeral home. Most funeral homes offer a simple container for the cremains for free. And, if the ashes will not be preserved in a container for the long term, this is an easy way to save a little money. 

Cremation means it won't matter what you wear. 

If you are not going to have a funeral service with an open casket, there will be no need to pay for an outfit for burial. Traditionally, people opt to be buried in something more formal, such as a burial gown or a suit. These can be costly to purchase if you don't have something on hand already. Because your remains will not be on display, you can simply opt to wear whatever you want and not have to pay for something special for the occasion.