A funeral home or memorial society can arrange for the cremation of your remains, if this is your desire. Your remains can be returned to your family or delivered to a final resting place you choose in advance.

In many parts of the world, cremation is the preferred method of taking care of the body after death. When the crematory services are completed, the remains are placed in a box or urn and can then be returned to the survivors or others for scattering, burial or placement in a vault or a columbarium.

Some religions oppose cremation and others who have opposed it in the past now agree to cremation. If cost is a primary factor, it may be an inexpensive solution. The average cost of direct cremation services is $1,100, according to the National Cremation Research Council.