Cremation is an option for final disposition that is becoming more and more popular. For those who choose to keep arrangements simple and cost-effective, the decision for direct cremation is often made.

What Is Direct Cremation?

Some people choose to have a funeral with the body present before cremation. Direct cremation, however, is when the cremation takes place without a traditional funeral service first. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a proper memorial. Many people who go this route have a memorial service after the cremation. In this case, the urn can be present rather than a casket, if desired.

Benefits of Direct Cremation

Choosing direct cremation offers several advantages to those planning the funeral:

  • There is no embalming required, due to the quick disposition. This means you save on preparation costs.
  • The Funeral Rule, imposed by the Federal Trade Commission, states that you are entitled to purchase a simple wood or cardboard container rather than a casket. This law allows you to save even more on funeral expenses.
  • Direct cremation gives you more time to plan a memorial service. This is helpful if you have out-of-town guests who must make travel arrangements and can’t make it right away.
  • Direct cremation is the most time-effective disposition method. This is because the entire process takes only two to three days. Planning and carrying out a traditional funeral could take as long as a week.

Of course, there is one thing you will want to consider if you choose direct cremation. There will be no viewing, which many people find helpful for closure. For those who wish to simplify the process and keep costs down, however, direct cremation is a helpful option.

When you’re looking for a knowledgeable and respectful funeral home to handle your loved one’s cremation, Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa, AZ can help you with all of your funeral and cremation needs. We have our own crematorium, which means we can handle all of the details in one place, including direct cremation. Contact our caring staff today for more information.