10 Things To Know About Direct Cremation

By: Alterna Cremation
Wednesday, March 20, 2024

When you’re deciding between a traditional funeral and a memorial service after a cremation, there are a lot of factors to consider. To help you make your decision, here are 10 things you should know about direct cremation services: 

Direct Cremation Is Simple

Traditional burials are complex—embalming fluids are used, a coffin is chosen, and a plot of land is dug up. Arrangements for the memorial services have to happen quickly. All of this can add complications to an already difficult process.

Direct cremation is simple—it gives you the time and flexibility to plan the memorial service.

Direct Cremation Is Affordable

The costs of direct cremation are significantly less than the prices for a traditional burial—they may be a quarter of the cost of traditional burial or less. The money saved through direct cremation can give you access to extra funds for memorial services and more.

Cremation Offers Flexibility

A simple cremation gives you a lot of flexibility. 

You’ll Have More Time To Arrange for the Memorial Service

Once the cremation process is complete, you can spend as much time as you need to plan for the funeral service. Unlike a traditional burial process, the funeral service can take place months or even years after cremation. 

There’s No Limit on Where a Memorial Service Can Take Place

One of the advantages of a direct cremation is that ashes can be transported. They can also be split among many different people, allowing funeral services to be held in several locations. This means that cremation services give loved ones who live overseas or internationally the opportunity to take part in memorial services or even host them themselves.

Transporting any remains, including ashes, across borders is a complicated process, and you should carefully read all the laws about transporting ashes on planes or across regional or international lines. 

Direct Cremation Simplifies the Planning Process

With flexibility in both the time you have to plan a memorial service and the places where the memorial services can be held, direct cremation makes it easier to plan services. You can coordinate between people and take your time planning the service—without a rush, making difficult decisions becomes a little easier. 

Cremation Is a More Sustainable Process

A traditional service with a burial requires a cemetery plot. It’s an unfortunate reality that there are only so many cemetery plots available and that these plots cannot be used for other activities. Cremation does not require as large a plot; columbariums are a common place to keep urns, though small plots of land can also be used. 

You’ll Benefit From Professionalism and Expertise

Our funeral director, Ashley Newton, and our family care coordinator, Sonia Feakes, have years of experience in the industry. They offer care, compassion, and professional service—they’re here to guide you through everything, from acquiring the death certificate to finding the right urn after the cremation process is complete. 

You Can Pre-Plan a Direct Cremation

The direct cremation service can be purchased at our funeral home as part of a funeral service pre-planning process. This means if you’re planning on choosing direct cremation, you can alleviate some of the stress on your friends and family by purchasing cremation services in advance. 

We’re Available When You Need Us

Our funeral home is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for direct cremation in Winnipeg. When you need us, we’ll be here.


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