What You Need to Know About Direct Burial

May 18, 2018 7:56 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Direct burial is a type of burial option in which your body is buried within the several days immediately following your death, without a memorial or formal funeral service. It is a popular option because it allows people to avoid many of the higher costs associated with traditional funerals and memorials.

In a direct burial, the body is buried in a simple container, rather than an expensive casket. There will be no viewing, wake or visitation before the burial occurs, which means the body does not need to be embalmed. You can, however, still opt to hold a graveside funeral service when the body is buried (for an additional cost), or hold a memorial service for the deceased at a later date.

In an age when people are attempting to save money as much as possible in their estate and funeral planning, many people working with a funeral service in Lake City, FL are going with the direct burial option.

Service options when you choose a direct burial

As previously mentioned, you can still hold the type of service of your choosing if you select a direct burial. This will likely not resemble a traditional funeral, but most funeral services will allow you to pay a little extra to have a brief graveside service at the time of the burial. If this is an option you are interested in, it is important to talk to the funeral director to learn more about how this sort of arrangement is handled and priced, especially if you have chosen the direct burial primarily for the financial savings.

If you do wish to have a formal service sometime after the direct burial, that will likely happen in the form of a memorial service. A memorial is much less structured than a traditional funeral—you have the ability to arrange such a service in basically any format you choose, at any time and at most any place.

The logistics of a direct burial

If you wish to arrange a direct burial as part of your estate plan or are planning the funeral for a loved one, you will work with a funeral home and cemetery to plan out these arrangements.

While this type of burial is less expensive than most other burial and funeral options, there are still some costs and logistics you will need to manage. You will be able to skip the expensive casket, embalming and fancy funeral, but the process of burying the body is still labor-intensive and does require at least a minimal payment. Most funeral homes will be able to give you a basic pricing structure for direct burial services if you ask them.

Are you interested in learning more about the process of direct burial? It has been becoming progressively more common in recent years in estate and funeral planning. To learn more, the team at ICS Cremation & Funeral Home encourages you to reach out to our funeral service in Lake City, FL. We would be happy to answer your questions.

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