Death Care Network

Death Care Network

death care servicesDeath Care Network prepares internet marketing solutions for funeral homes, cremation providers, and other companies in the $15 Billion death care industry. Our platform of premium death care and funeral service providers serves vistors in over 40 markets in the USA. Combined, these metro areas account for almost one-third of the USA population. DCN operates a network of sites catering to those in need of death care related services.

If you are either planning for the future, or looking for a  funeral home for a loved one, you have to find one that suits your needs in order to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Most of the time, any funeral service provider will have the services you are looking for, but you also have to make sure that they provide to your area, have the religious services you want and any other relevant information. Here are a few easy tips to help you find the right funeral and cremation provider.

Funeral Homes and Cremation Providers

cremation servicesYears ago people never really thought of cremation as a viable choice after death. Families bought burial plots and had a traditional funeral complete with visitation at the funeral home and church service on the day of burial. Nowadays, people are choosing cremation as an option for many reasons. The stigma associated with being cremated and put into an urn earn to be kept by a loved one has dissipated about as quickly as the appeal of being buried in a traditional cemetery. Here are a couple of reasons why people are choosing cremation as opposed to traditional funerals.

Cremation is More Economical: Cremation is less expensive than a traditional burial. You can expect to spend upwards of $5,000 just from the services of the funeral parlor including embalming and casket, when you opt for a traditional funeral. This doesn’t take into consideration the burial plot, the church, or any other service you may need. Cremation on the other hand costs about one third of this price. There is no need to purchase a burial plot if you are cremated because a loved one can keep your ashes with them or they can sprinkle your ashes in accordance to your predetermined will. If you live in another part of the country from your family, cremation is a viable alternative that allows you to be buried in a family plot in another part of the country or world. It is a lot less expensive to ship cremains that it is to ship a body in a casket.

Cremation is More Environmentally Friendly

This is probably the last thing on your mind when thinking of burial, but cremation is much more environmentally friendly than traditional funerals. The traditional way of treating a body pumps it full of chemicals to preserve it. With cremation, there is no need to do this. The body is incinerated and the ashes collected in an urn. The urns are even environmentally friendly with choices made out of recycled and even biodegradable materials. If you choose to have your ashes scattered in a special place, you don’t have to worry about the impact of ashes on the environment either.

 This is one of the main reasons beyond the price that help people to decide on cremation. Many people do not see the appeal of being buried in a cemetery for eternity. The thought is that once the person is dead then there is no reason to preserve the body and bury it. The same purpose can be met by cremating the body and putting the ashes into an urn. If the family is set on a gravesite, then the ashes can be added to a burial plot, but a smaller one can be used which will also save money. Many religions are now allowing members to be cremated whereas before this practice was frowned upon. There are even memorial gardens being set up for members of the church who choose this option.

Pre-Arranged Funeral - While you Can!

Thinking about our deaths is not something we typically do. We tend to live life as we go. But we have to admit that one day our life will end and we will be leaving people we care about when that happen. With this knowledge it would be best to have everything ready once we reach the end of our earthly journey. This is when we consider having a pre-arranged funeral plan
 to relieve our love ones of the task of contacting a funeral home, buying the casket and what cemetery we are going to be buried.

Consider only what you need. These would be where you want your funeral to be held, your home or a funeral parlor, the casket or coffin and your burial place. There are several funeral plans are offered that will cover the casket and funeral service like the venue and the funeral car. For burial sites you can contact the cemetery of your choice to inquire on the price of their available lots. There are several cemeteries that also offer larger lots and mausoleums for a family burial site. But consider your budget. Large mausoleums are expensive so consider them carefully. 

There is also the cremation service. If you wish to be in ashes and kept in a family urn then you can prepare for a cremation service. With this option you will be discarding the casket for an ash urn. Finding a funeral parlor to conduct the cremation is not much of a problem as most of them offer cremation as one of their services. You will not need a burial site as well. That means that a cremation could be a more cost effective choice for a pre-arranged funeral.

You may also want to consider setting aside funds for your funeral where there will be friends who would come and mourn with your family. Take note of everything. The goal is basically to have funds enough to cover funeral expenses leaving no more financial worries and burden behind for your love ones to handle. Another benefit for doing prearranged funeral plans is that you get to pay for future funeral expenses in their prices today. Cemetery lots are still real estates, so expect the prices to go up as years go by. The same can be said to the prices of the funeral services and coffins. Getting them several decades later could mean that you will have to pay twice more for them compared to this year or the next. So it is really advisable and sound to have prearranged funeral plans early on.

So start getting a funeral plan now. It would be best to canvass for cemetery lots. Contact a memorial park agent now to get a catalog of their cemetery lots and even go and see the memorial park itself. Compare prices from other memorial parks but consider the location as well. A more expensive memorial park would be better if it is more accessible to your family when the day comes compared to the cheaper ones.