Why Do I Need A Funeral Home If I Only Want Cremation?

By: George Darte
Thursday, May 18, 2023

George Darte Funeral Home has been asked this question several times as more families are turning to inexpensive cremation as an alternative. You may or may not require a funeral home, depending on the cremation services you use and the rules in your state.

Why You Need a Funeral Home, Even When You Choose Inexpensive Cremation

Whether or not a funeral director is mandated by law varies from one jurisdiction to the next. The services of a funeral director are not required in most jurisdictions. However, in many places, the death certificate, burial or cremation paperwork, and transportation permissions must all be handled by a funeral director. The signing of the death certificate and the ultimate disposition of the body needs the presence of a funeral director in New Jersey.

There Are Many Other Benefits To Using A Funeral Home

A funeral home should be used even for cremation services for various reasons, including meeting regulatory requirements. It's necessary to think about public health and safety issues and the practicality of relocating a corpse, as only some are prepared to do so.

Funeral Home Procedures And Involvement In Direct Cremation

A direct cremation is one in which no other services, such as a memorial ceremony or viewing, are provided by the funeral home. The deceased is transported from the death scene to a morgue or Crematory, where they will wait in a cool room for a few days until the necessary paperwork is completed.

After the necessary inexpensive cremation procedures are completed, the legal urn is exchanged for a temporary urn containing the cremated remains and delivered to the family. The funeral director is in charge of arranging the body's transport and helping the family fill out the papers required for the coroner's report.

Although some funeral homes will handle only the cremation, others may provide more comprehensive direct cremation packages. Due to the low cost of direct cremation, the funeral home may provide only the most basic services.

As you can see, you may need a funeral home for many reasons, even if you only want inexpensive cremation. Working with an experienced funeral director ensures all modalities are completed correctly. Our funeral director is here to help you every step of the way. You can contact George Darte Funeral Home at 905-937-4444. Alternatively, please use this contact form to send us your queries. 

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