Dealing with the death of a loved one is one of the most sad, difficult things you can go through. Making funeral or Baltimore, MD cremation plans can be every more difficult. In order to honor your loved one in a respectful manner, you need to understand the timeline involved with funeral planning so you can get everything in order within the right timeframe.

If you choose to go with traditional burial for your loved one, or you know it’s what they wanted, that is generally done within a few days of their death. Their body will be embalmed and prepared for a visitation and you have a few days to pull the service details together, inform family, place an obituary with service times in the newspapers, and do anything else that needs to be done. Family that might live out of town has time to get into town and other things are laid out. Some religions have their own timeframes for burial and funeral services while others leave it up to your discretion. But if you are having a traditional burial, things happen rather quickly.

If you go with cremation instead, there are other factors to consider. If you want to have a traditional funeral first and then have your loved one cremated, the timeline remains about the same. The traditional funeral needs to occur within a few days of the person’s death. The cremation takes place after that, but once the cremation is complete, you can slow things down and move at your own pace. When you have your loved one’s ashes, you can immediately scatter them, hold onto them for a while, have a memorial service, or do anything else you want.

Some families choose direct cremation, which occurs soon after your loved one passes on. This creates a timeline that can be whatever you want it to be. Once the cremation is complete, you can have a memorial service within a few days, or you can wait a week, a month, or however long you want. Some people choose cremation simply because the timeline is much more open. You are able to have more time to plan a special memorial service, if you wish.

As you begin the planning process, ask yourself what timeline you need for your loved one’s services. That can help you decide if cremation in Baltimore, MD is the right option or if burial is something that will work for you. Whatever you decide, rest assured that your loved one is getting a dignified final disposition method. When you contact Hari P. Close Funeral Service, P.A, you also know your loved one is in good hands. You can tour our facilities at 5126 Belair Rd, Baltimore, MD 21206 to see if we have what you need for a funeral or memorial service. You can also meet with our funeral director. If you’d like to ask questions, just call our compassionate representatives at (410) 327-3100 and we’ll help in any way we can. Your loved one was special and we want to honor them in the way you see fit.