Cremation Plans - Nashville TN - West Harpeth Funeral Home
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Cremation Plans


We own and operate our own crematory at West Harpeth Funeral Home. If you are considering cremation, please know we are available to answer any questions you may have. We also have answers to commonly asked questions here on our website and our facility is available by appointment for families to tour. Contact us to review the strict procedures we follow and the standards we adhere to for every cremation. We provide you with the peace of mind of knowing your loved one never leaves our care.

The Cremation Process

Cremation is the process of reducing a human body to ashes by burning. In a traditional burial, the body is placed in a casket and buried in the ground. With cremation, the body is placed in a chamber and burned until no bones or flesh are left. The ashes are then placed in an urn and either buried or stored. Cremation is an accelerated process of decomposition that reduces the amount of time required than a traditional burial. The National Funeral Directors Association offers this description of the cremation process: 

 “The casket or container is placed in the cremation chamber, where the temperature is raised to approximately 1400 degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours, all organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation.”

The cooled cremated remains are removed from the retort and disposed of in a temporary container or urn. Anything metal placed inside during processing is magnetized to remove it, such as tooth fillings and surgical implants before placement into an urn for final disposition.

They said that cremation is new, but it dates to ancient times. Over 5,000 years ago, in Europe or the Near East, this form of funeral service began. Today, there are 31 countries where people commonly choose cremation instead of burial for their loved ones, including America, with an average rate at 65%.


Inform Your Family About Your Cremation Plans

It is essential to let others know your intentions after death. It can take place verbally during pre-planning conversation, but you cannot rely solely on statements. It is best if write them down and provide copies of the document to go through trusted friends or relatives, an attorney (if applicable), a funeral home selected for cremation services, and even more so when dealing with an unspoken wish like this one!


What Made You Decide in Choosing Cremation

We all know how difficult it can be to explain our decisions when an unexpected death occurs. You may even find that some people who are close and loved ones refuse their forgiveness for choosing pre-planned cremation instead of letting them say goodbye. Therefore, we recommend taking the time to write down everything you want them to understand about this choice. So, there aren't any surprises later! Here are some common reasons that can help you convince them of why pre-planning cremation makes sense:


Cremation is Less Expensive

Burial costs have been rising steadily for many years, but they're about to get even more expensive. The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) reports that the national average price is $1,650, which includes limited memorialization services and a basic urn. It does not include any additional embellishments or remembrance you might want to be associated with your loved ones' final resting place!

West Harpeth Funeral Home & Crematory is here to help you and your family by providing the best possible service. We offer a variety of direct cremation prearrangements that we know will meet all needs, including saving money on funeral expenses when there's not enough for everything!


Cremation Offers Flexibility

When you choose cremation for you or your loved one, it gives the family more flexibility in terms of when they want to have a memorial service. The timing can be tailored just right so that everyone has enough time off work and/or personal commitments before coming together with friends and loved ones at an appropriate place (the funeral home) where those who didn't know them well will get acquainted through pictures or other sharing activities while tribute videos play on monitors around us all - providing some insight into how special this person was!


Cremation is Better for the Environment

Cremation is often seen as the more environmentally friendly option when compared to traditional burial. This is because cremation doesn't require the use of chemicals, it doesn't produce pollution, and it doesn't take up as much space. Traditional burial requires the use of a lot of land, which can lead to deforestation. Cremation doesn't take up nearly as much space, so it's more environmentally friendly in this respect as well.

Traditional burial typically involves the use of chemicals such as embalming fluid and concrete vaults. These chemicals can pollute the ground and water around the cemetery. Cremation doesn't use any of these chemicals, so it's a more environmentally friendly option.


Be Specific About Your Cremation Plans

If you're thinking about cremation, it's important to give consideration and thought-through intentions. Your family will need written documentation of their arrangement so that they know what happens in case there are any worries or issues later down the line; but most importantly, please make this decision with care because our loved ones deserve respect even if others don't agree!

There are a few things you should know when planning cremation. The first is that there are several types of cremations available, so it's important to know which one you want before making any arrangements. You also need to decide who will handle the funeral and burial arrangements and what type of service you would like.

Another important decision is what to do with the ashes. Some people choose to keep them, while others choose to bury them or scatter them somewhere special. You'll also need to decide if you want a memorial service or not. If you do, you'll need to choose a location and date.

Once you've made all these decisions, it's important to write them down somewhere. This will help ensure that your wishes are carried out exactly the way you want them to be.

If you haven’t already made your cremation plans, now is the time. Making these arrangements in advance allows you and your loved one’s peace of mind during a difficult time. Not only will choosing cremation lighten your load emotionally. It can also be more affordable than traditional burial services. For more information about our cremation services or to get started planning, call our caring staff at (615) 352-9400 today.



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