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20 09, 2021

Tree Cremation: Planting a Tree with Human Ashes

There are many benefits in choosing cremation over burial. For starters, direct cremation is less expensive than burial. Also, cremation services are easy to arrange, and families like how cremation offers greater flexibility when planning an end-of-life service.

For example, some families choose to have a tree cremation service to honor their loved ones. A tree cremation service involves planting a tree with ashes. This can be planned in addition to a more formal funeral or can act as a stand-alone service.

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24 08, 2021

How to Open a Cremation Urn: Step-By-Step

If your family member didn’t leave behind an end-of-life plan, you might not know what to do with their remains. You may have received a sealed urn from the Cremation Society of Philadelphia and set it aside while you pondered all of your options.

After researching and considering everything you can do with a person’s cremated remains, perhaps you have decided to divide the remains among loved ones, scatter the ashes at a significant location, or commission a piece of glasswork using a small portion of the cremation ashes.

All of these options require that you open your loved one’s urn. Here are some tips for having to complete this process.

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18 08, 2021

Funeral Options When Your Loved One is Cremated

Cremation has grown in popularity in the U.S. over the last several decades. Families are discovering that there are many benefits to this method of disposition.

One of the benefits is that cremation is less expensive than a traditional burial. This especially appeals to those who are pre-planning their own cremation.

Another benefit that is sometimes overlooked is that cremation opens up a wide variety of funeral options. Some still have a traditional funeral for their loved ones (including an open-casket visitation followed by the cremation). Still, others use the opportunity to say goodbye differently. Families may choose to have their loved one’s services months after the death, or they may select a venue that would not have been appropriate or feasible for a traditional funeral.

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3 05, 2021

Choosing a Cremation Service Provider in Philadelphia

If you live in Philadelphia and have already chosen cremation as your preferred method of disposition for yourself or your loved one, your next step is to select a cremation services provider. While you can certainly wait for your loved one’s death to choose a cremation service, there are many benefits of planning ahead.

Planning ahead provides peace of mind for all involved. When you make prior arrangements, everyone can be informed on who to contact when the time of death occurs. Planning ahead also encourages individuals to make better-informed decisions. Instead of feeling rushed into a choice at the time of your loved one’s death, you can instead carefully select a cremation provider based on reputation and price.

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5 03, 2021

What You Need to Know About the Cremation Process

More Americans are choosing cremation over burial, but there are still people who have qualms about the process. In an effort to educate our readers, we would like to help you learn about the cremation process. Here are some things you need to know.

Once the body is in the hands of the staff at the Cremation Society of Philadelphia, great care is given to maintain the body’s identification. We have a strict protocol in place to ensure that your loved one’s body is identified through the entire part of the process.

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19 02, 2021

Things to Consider When Creating an End-of-Life Plan

It seems as if there are two camps of people: one group has no interest in what happens to their body after they die while others have definite opinions. Regardless of what group you fall into, there are several important reasons for creating final wishes arrangements.

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3 02, 2021

7 Common Questions About Cremation

One of the objectives of the Philadelphia Cremation Society is to act as a resource for people who have questions about the cremation process. Below are some of the most common questions people tend to have about the process. While we tried to provide clear answers to these questions, please know you can reach out to our staff for more information.

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11 01, 2021

How To Discuss End-of-Life Wishes with Your Parents

Are you dreading having the much-need conversation with your parents regarding their end-of-life wishes? You are not alone. This is a painful and difficult conversation for many people.

What you may not realize is that many older adults want to be asked about their final wishes. They may also like assistance with finding resources on how to create a will or trust. They may also need help finding online resources on how to pre-plan for their funerals.

Here are some tips on how to talk to parents about end-of-life wishes. We will give you ideas on how to broach these complicated conversation topics and provide you with a list of questions to ask your parents before they die.