Most states consider cremation final disposition. Indiana for example is troublesome. It regulates who can receive cremains and requires the recording of final disposition of the cremains with the county. Most states, however, allow the family to receive the cremains after cremation. Some states even allow the family to transport the body to the crematorium. Some do not. Since cremains are considered final disposition in most states, the family is decide how they wish to honor their loved one. Let no one tell you must have an expensive urn. Unless you are burying on cemetery land, you can choose what you wish. Cremation offers a wide variety that simple burial does not. Cremains can be: scattered on private land, shot into space, placed in a niche, buried in a cemetery, made in to jewelry, pressed into a record, and scattered in water. Be aware that cemeteries require a cremation vault so that if there were ever a need or desire to disinter, there would be no problem.
For some families, cremation is a choice that fits. In today’s death care industry where the prices for a funeral director and cemetery keep ratcheting up, one does not wonder why cremation is chosen more and more often. Conventional funerals and cemetery products each year increase. Pre-paid options for both sustain the ever-growing corporations. Cremation should always be a choice for a family, but not a necessity. When we can be free to make our own choices, then we are truly free. I still find it ironic that doing something to a body is more frugal than doing nothing or very little. Those are the times we live in.