Taking Control: A Guide to Planning Your Own Cremation

In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards individuals taking control of their end-of-life arrangements.

At Fixed Price Cremations, we understand the importance of providing individuals with the opportunity to plan their final farewell according to their wishes.

In this guide, we’ll explore the process of planning your own cremation, empowering you to make decisions that reflect your values and preferences.

Understanding Cremation

Before diving into the cheap funerals planning process, it’s essential to understand what cremation entails. Cremation is the process of reducing the body to “ashes” through high temperatures.

We commonly refer to cremated remains as ashes, most likely due to the association of something burnt turning to ash. However, what is left behind in this process is actually approximately 2.4kg of unburnt fragments of bone mineral that has been ground into a powder-like form.

It’s a respectful and environmentally friendly option chosen by many Australians, and its popularity is only growing. As of 2023, 70% of Australians are choosing cremation as their preferred option, and this number shows no sign of slowing.

Reflecting on Your Wishes

Planning your own cremation allows you to reflect on your wishes and preferences for your final arrangements.

Consider aspects such as whether you prefer a traditional service, a memorial gathering, or a more intimate farewell. Think about any cultural or religious customs you’d like to incorporate into the ceremony.

It’s also worth considering whether you would like your final resting place to be, whether your remains are scattered in a place special to you, or you are interred in a cemetery with family.

Choosing a Cremation Provider

Selecting the right cremation company is a crucial step in the planning process. Look for a reputable provider that offers compassionate support and a professional service.

Also be sure to thoroughly review their service offerings in accordance with your preferences, as there’s no sense choosing a top-of-the-line service with all the bells and whistles if you only want a straight-forward cremation.

Similarly, it wouldn’t be helpful to contact a no-frills cremation service if you’re looking for add-on services and products that they don’t offer.

It is also a good idea to be aware of hidden fees, as some companies may offer a lower ‘base rate’ but then surprise you with additional fees and charges along the way.

Documenting Your Preferences

Once you’ve chosen a cremation provider, it’s time to document your preferences.

This is definitely a step we can assist you with, but it is important to document your preferences.

Once you’ve arranged for a cremation service through Fixed Price Cremations, we will provide you with documentation of your purchase for you to keep on file.

As well as this, you may want to include any special requests for a ceremony or memorialisation, and outlining your wishes for the disposition of your ashes.

This information can also be outlined in your Will, but keep in mind this is not legally binding, but merely an expression of your preferences.

It’s always a good idea to have all your relevant documents and written wishes in a safe place, and providing copies to a trusted family member or friend can be helpful for when the time comes.

Communicating with Loved Ones

While planning your own cremation can be a deeply personal decision, it’s essential to communicate your wishes with your loved ones.

Discussing your plans openly can help alleviate any uncertainty or stress they may feel when the time comes to make arrangements.

It will also help to prevent disputes relating to your preferences or hearsay, if your wishes are publicly known to others.

You do not have to allow anyone to be involved in the decision-making process if you don’t want to, but it is wise to make others aware that you have made plans and let them know of any preferences you have for memorialisation.

Preparing Legal Documentation

The best way to ensure that your wishes are carried out as intended, is to engage in the relevant services, in our case, cremation specialists.

As part of our service, we will organise all of the paperwork for you and guide you through the entire process, including the legal and regulatory aspects.

Some people do include their preferences in a Will or advance directive, but as they are not legally binding and your executor is not required to follow them, this can be a redundant exercise.

It is best to speak to a solicitor or legal professional for legal advice, but for administrative legal documents relating to cremation and the like, our staff can assist you.

Exploring Memorialisation Options for Own Cremations

Cremation offers a variety of options for memorialisation. It allows for full control, as well as flexibility of timing, as any memorial plans can take place at any time following your cremation.

You could arrange a memorial or leave family to decide if they wish to do something special in your honour. You could request your ashes be split between family members, or kept with a particular family member, to be scattered together upon their passing.

From scattering ashes in a meaningful location to interring them in a cremation urn or memorial garden, there are countless ways to honour your memory and provide comfort to your loved ones.

Continuing the Conversation

Planning your own cremation is not a one-time event but an ongoing conversation. As your preferences and circumstances may change over time, it’s important to revisit your plans periodically and make any necessary updates.

That said, the best way to ensure your plans are honoured is to solidify them through purchase, alleviating the burden of decision making from your family and allowing us to take care of everything once you’re gone.

At Fixed Price Cremations, we’re committed to supporting individuals in Victoria and New South Wales, as they plan their own cremation with dignity and respect. Our experienced team is here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring that your final arrangements reflect your unique legacy.

Take control of your end-of-life journey today and embark on the path towards peace of mind and comfort for yourself and your loved ones.

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