While we are responsible for difficult and challenging work at Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory, one of the ways we are rewarded is in explaining the options available to grieving families when it comes to the burial of a loved one. While this may sound a bit off-putting to some, most families are so very pleased to learn they have choices, options and can even push the boundaries a bit when it comes to final services and burials. We think they are relieved to know they are in control and can meet the wishes of a loved one without judgment. We also like to think they appreciate having a caring, professional team at their side in preparing final services that are dignified and customized for their family.
One of the first discussions usually involves the final disposition of the body of a loved one. This, of course, can be greatly influenced by whether cremation or a traditional casket burial is chosen. Each offers a variety of options for burial.
In-Ground Burial Options
In-ground burials are chosen by many families and are available for both traditional casket burials and when burying the cremains of a loved one. This, of course, will involve the purchase of a burial plot and grave openings and closings. It does allow for cemetery services which some families find comforting.
Choosing Burial Plots
If you decide to choose an in-ground burial, there will be decisions to be made on whether to purchase a single burial plot, double or companion burial plot, a family plot or burial space for an urn containing the ashes of the deceased. This is often an uncomfortable decision because frequently families are unprepared to make such decisions, especially when an unexpected death occurs. These are reasons open, frank and healthy discussion should be had well before any such critical decisions are made.
Above Ground Burial Options
There are a variety of reasons when an above-ground burial in a mausoleum, lawn crypt or columbarium may be prudent. It could be based on previous family traditions, religious beliefs or personal preference. Some who have fears of being buried find solace in knowing their final resting place will be above ground. Again, these are decisions that are best done with careful consideration and not in time grief.
Alternative Burial Choices
Thankfully today there are more burial choices than ever, and people are less judgemental about any decision made. Families are free to have a burial at sea or a spreading of ashes at a comforting location (providing permission is granted and it is legal). Bodies can be donated to science or to a body farm. There are green burials where the impact on the environment is minimized and even home burials (where permitted). Whether you are pre-planning or in a time of immediate need, there is no problem in asking your questions to the professional, caring staff at Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory.
At Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory, we understand your concerns and fears and appreciate your questions. We help families and never judge them. When you have what may seem to be difficult questions to ask, we would be honored to be of assistance. Contact us at Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory. We’ve been serving families in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for generations.