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Scattering Ashes at Sea Still Viable During COVID-19

With a Direct Cremation arranged online with Cremation Society of America, you can arrange for your loved one to be cremated without having to leave your home yet preserving the dignity of your loved one. Direct Cremation is ideal during these days of pandemic because you can arrange your loved one’s Direct Cremation without ever leaving your home. Also, once you receive your loved one’s Cremains, you can wait until after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted to hold a memorial service for your loved one. With a funeral or burial in the current climate, you don’t have the option to wait for an opportune time to gather family and friends in large groups.

Despite governmental “quarantine,” “shelter in place” and “social distancing” directives, an end-of-life service that you can still arrange is Scattering of Ashes at Sea.

Following Direct Cremation and once you’ve received the ashes of your loved one, you are ready to provide your loved one with the ceremony and serenity that he or she deserves – and most likely requested as part of his or her final wishes.

U.S. federal law allows for the scattering of ashes at sea but certain conditions must be met, including:

  • the use of decomposable flowers and wreaths
  • certain notification requirements
  • ensuring that ashes are scattered at least three (3) nautical miles from shore

To scatter your loved one’s cremated remains (“cremains”) by boat, family and friends board the vessel and travel to the desired location on the ocean. This typically involves chartering a boat with a licensed captain and the trip may last for several hours. Keep in mind that current COVID-19 guidelines will limit the number of family and friends allowed to come aboard the vessel. Further, all attendees will need to practice social distancing and wear personal protective gear such as masks, etc.

Upon arrival at the desired location, your captain will position the vessel boat into the wind and with enough forward speed to prevent the cremains from being blown back into the vessel. Thus, the ceremony and tribute can begin. The ceremony can range from clergy reciting prayers to family members reciting poetry to a few poignant comments and everything in between.

Family members have the option to scatter the cremains if they so choose. The cremains are placed in the water and allowed to descend into the ocean. Cremation Society of America can help you choose a reputable charter service to ensure that the cremains make it into the ocean properly.

Shortly thereafter, the family and friends are usually handed flowers or even a bouquet that they can toss in along with the cremains to create an area of the ceremony on the water. Your captain can then circle the area while the family and friends take photos and say their final goodbyes.

Our Cremation Society of America advisors can help you arrange the scattering of your loved one’s ashes at sea. CSA has relationships with reputable charter services that have vast experience to provide a dignified and touching at-sea tribute to your loved one. Contact us NOW to order a Direct Cremation and to explore our Scattering of Ashes at Sea services.

Please stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. Together, we will overcome and thrive.

Direct Cremations Comply with COVID-19 Guidelines

As we all remain under “shelter in place” and “social distancing” guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Cremation Society of America are here to remind you that Direct Cremation is the only end-of-life arrangement to allows you to fully comply with those guidelines. And we are ready to meet your Direct Cremation needs.

Should your loved one pass away during these days of seclusion and self-confinement, it could be difficult or even impossible to arrange for a funeral service due to the prohibition of large gatherings. reluctance of many to gather in large groups.

With a Direct Cremation, you can arrange for your loved one to be cremated without having to leave your home yet preserving the dignity of your loved one. Once you receive your loved one’s Cremains, you can wait until after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted to hold a memorial service for your loved one. With a funeral or burial in the current climate, you don’t have the option to wait for an opportune time to gather family and friends in large groups.

Another advantage of Direct Cremation is that is far more affordable than a traditional burial. option for a loved one. At Cremation Society of America, our Direct Cremation packages start at only $795.00 with the option to upgrade to more comprehensive packages that include an Urn Allowance, for example. You can also order features such as Cremation Jewelry and Celebration of Life Kits.

Direct Cremation is ideal during these days of pandemic because you can arrange your loved one’s Direct Cremation without ever leaving your home. Our industry-leading secure Online Ordering System can be completed in just a few minutes and is easy to understand. Here are a few highlights of our Cremation Online Ordering System:

  • Choose either Direct Cremation for a loved one who has passed or Pre-Plan for a Cremation in the future
  • Enter your contact information
  • Choose from one of Three Packages
  • Select Medical Examiner Cremation Approval Fee, if applicable
  • Select Delivery Method
  • Order Death Certificate(s)
  • Choose from a selection of Cremation Jewelry and Celebration of Life Kit options, if desired
  • Enter Billing and Shipping Addresses
  • Enter payment information
  • Complete the Necessary Forms

You simply SUBMIT and you’re all set! The entire process takes just a few minutes and we’ll take care of the rest.

Please note that we have taken the steps necessary to safeguard the health and safety of our employees while maintaining full business operations and continue our excellent service levels. All of our employees have been encouraged to work from home and we have suspended all nonessential travel. With a highly-capable team, this transition has been relatively smooth and we continue to deliver the highest service  possible.

We at Cremation Society of America are confident that we, as Americans, will join together to make it through these troubling times to end up closer, stronger and ready to live life to the fullest. Please stay safe and healthy as you spend time with your family.

We look forward to serving as your trusted Direct Cremation resource. Click here to Order NOW.

Direct Cremation is a Flexible Solution During Trying Times

We live in a time where the Coronavirus has led to families, cities and even countries being subjected to quarantine orders. Should your loved one pass away during this time of uncertainty, it could be difficult or even impossible to arrange for a funeral service due to the reluctance of many to gather in large groups. Depending upon where you live, such gatherings may be prohibited until the spread of this contagion is mitigated. We at Cremation Society of America have a solution: Direct Cremation.

With a Direct Cremation, you can arrange for your loved one to be cremated without having to leave your home yet preserving the dignity of your loved one. Once you receive your loved one’s Cremains, you can wait until after the uncertainty or quarantines to hold a memorial service for your loved one. With a funeral or burial, you don’t have the option to wait for an opportune time to gather family and friends in large groups.

Another advantage of Direct Cremation is that is far more affordable than a traditional burial. option for a loved one. At Cremation Society of America, our Direct Cremation packages start at only $795.00 with the option to upgrade to more comprehensive packages that include an Urn Allowance, for example. You can also order features such as Cremation Jewelry and Celebration of Life Kits.

Furthermore, you can arrange your loved one’s Direct Cremation without ever leaving your home. Our industry-leading secure Online Ordering System can be completed in just a few minutes and is easy to understand. Here are a few highlights of our Cremation Online Ordering System:

  • Choose either Direct Cremation for a loved one who has passed or Pre-Plan for a Cremation in the future
  • Enter your contact information
  • Choose from one of Three Packages
  • Select Medical Examiner Cremation Approval Fee, if applicable
  • Select Delivery Method
  • Order Death Certificate(s)
  • Choose from a selection of Cremation Jewelry and Celebration of Life Kit options, if desired
  • Enter Billing and Shipping Addresses
  • Enter payment information
  • Complete the Necessary Forms

You simply SUBMIT and you’re all set! The entire process takes just a few minutes and we’ll take care of the rest.

In times of uncertainty, you have access to the flexibility and affordability of a Direct Cremation to meet the end-of-life needs of your loved one, which enables you and your family to hold a memorial service at the place and time of your choosing once large groups are allowed to gather once again.

Peace of Mind has never been so affordable or so easy to arrange. Give us a call for more information or to ask us questions. That’s why we’re here. We look forward to serving as your trusted Direct Cremation resource. Click here to Order NOW.

Can the Family be Present at a Direct Cremation?

At Cremation Society of America, one question that we’re often asked by clients is “Can my family be present at the Direct Cremation of my loved one?” Many may envision themselves accompanying their loved one’s casket as it moves through the cremation process at the crematory.

The truth is that you cannot be present during a Direct Cremation. Here is why:

Direct Cremation, as we’ve explained here, is a simpler, more “direct” alternative to traditional cremation services. Once you’ve chosen a Direct Cremation provider and confirmed the arrangements, your provider will take care of the rest. Your provider will collect your loved one from their place of passing and transport him/her to the crematorium, where your loved one will be prepared to receive a solemn and dignified Cremation. Once the Cremation is completed, your loved one’s ashes will be returned to you.

While some traditional funeral homes allow families to be present in the room during a loved one’s cremation, it is not possible to attend a Direct Cremation.

The Direct Cremation process and procedures do not support or accommodate family and loved ones witnessing the actual Cremation. One of the many advantages of a Direct Cremation is that families have nearly limitless options to arrange for a memorial at the place and time of their choosing. This allows for family and friends to honor your loved one when they might otherwise not be able to secure travel arrangements in time to attend a traditional funeral service.

Traditional funeral or memorial services arranged through funeral homes are at he mercy of the funeral home’s tight schedule and inflexible timetable. With Direct Cremation, you and your family can plan a memorial as soon after Cremation as you like—or be more deliberate and take your time to give distant relatives a chance to make travel arrangements in order to attend.

Even though you and your family cannot attend the Cremation itself, there are almost infinite  ways to honor the memory of your loved one. Here are just a few examples:

  • Scatter Ashes on land (with permission from the appropriate local authorities), at Sea or from an airplane
  • Trenching on Your Property to place ashes inside a long, narrow hole dug int the ground in a favorite location
  • Inter your loved one’s ashes in a Columbarium or Mausoleum
  • Simply keep your loved one’s ashes in an urn or vessel in your home or office
  • Incorporate your loved one’s ashes into jewelry, art or even a tattoo

Cremation Society of America (“CSA”) is your trusted provider of Cremation services. Since we at CSA focus solely on Cremation – and leave funerals, burials and ceremonies to others – we can offer cost-effective Cremation services without sacrificing the dignity or solemnity of your love one.

We offer the most efficient online process in the industry as well as 24 x 7 Cremation Consultants who are ready to answer any and all questions during such a troubling time for your family.

Please Contact CSA for more information regarding our Direct Cremation services and our industry-leading identification protocols to provide you with peace of mind. CSA can also help you Pre-Plan all of your Direct Cremation services to meet your needs. We look forward to being of service to you and your family.

 

Death Certificates Primer

What is a Death Certificate?

Here at Cremation Society of America, one of the questions most often asked of us is how to order a Death Certificate and why is it required for Direct Cremation.

A Death Certificate is an official document that serves as certified proof that someone has passed away. This document will be necessary for families or loved ones to close accounts, access insurance benefits and take similar legal steps. Death Certificates are also used by governmental agencies to track demographic trends locally and nationwide.

How many Death Certificates do I need?

A family or loved one will need a certified copy of a Death Certificate to close any financial services account or claim any benefit such as insurance proceeds after a loved one passes away. Some companies will require an original to access benefits such as pensions, insurance proceeds or property transfer. Other companies or entities may only require a photocopy/image of the Death Certificate to serve as proof. A good rule of thumb is to expect an original Death Certificate will be require to settle legal issues and a copy may be sufficient to resolve other matters.

The number of death certificates a family needs will depend on the number of assets, benefits and accounts that have been left to them. We recommend that you contact each of the companies/entities involved to confirm whether the company/entity will accept only an original death certificate or a copy of the death certificate.

How do I order a Death Certificate?

Once the death has been registered, Death Certificates can be ordered from several entities, including:

The funeral home or Cremation provider that you choose
The state or county in which the person passed away
An online service such as VitalChek, a Lexis Nexis Company

There are two types of Death Certificates: Informational or Certified:

Informational copies can be ordered by anyone
To get a Certified copy, you must be closely related to the deceased
How long can I expect to wait to receive a Death Certificate?

There can be as many as four parties/entities/agencies involved in processing the first Death Certificate, which means that the time it takes to receive the Certificate may vary. You can expect a state agency to take 3 -6 weeks while a county agency may only take 2-4 weeks.

The following steps are typically required in order to produce a Death Certificate:

The family or Next of Kin provides certain information about the deceased to confirm identity
The primary care physician or attending physician confirms the cause of death to the funeral home or Cremation provider
The funeral home/Cremation provider registers the death in the applicable county or jurisdiction
The Death Certificates are printed and sent by the county or jurisdiction

The family and funeral home/Cremation provider typically provide their respective information within a day and don’t delay the process. If any delays are encountered, it’s usually with the physicians or the applicable county/jurisdiction.

We at Cremation Society of America do everything in our power to make the Death Certificate process as efficient as possible so that you and your family can address the matters at hand.

Call us today to request more information about our Direct Cremations or click here to order your Direct Cremation now using our industry-leading online ordering process.

Estate Planning – How to Get Organized

At Cremation Society of America, we see all-too-often clients who had failed to properly plan for the day that is inevitable for all of us: the day that we pass away. It’s never a pleasant subject and one that most of us would prefer to address at a later date. What happens if that “later date” never arrives?

Sound Estate Planning and gathering of your important documents might very well be the most appreciated final act that you could do for your family. Let’s explore some Estate Planning steps that you can take.

The Need for Estate Planning

Much like a Will, Estate Planning organizes the financial, legal and medical aspects of your life for those who will survive and succeed you. As a matter of fact, a Will is a component of a well-rounded Estate Plan.

As with anything pertaining to legal documents, we at Cremation Society of America strongly suggest that you consult with an attorney who specializes in estate planning and probate issues. This attorney has a fiduciary duty to give you the guidance and representation that you will need to put your estate in order.

Where to Begin?

The best place to start your estate-planning project is to take an inventory of everything of value that you may own,  possess or of which you have a stake or interest. Here are some items that you should include in your list:

  • Your Home/Deed
  • The Deeds to any properties/real estate that you Own
  • Retirement Plans, including 401(K), Pensions, Individual Retirement Accounts (“IRAs”), Social Security benefits, Stock Holdings, etc. – be sure to include any online login credentials needed to access these accounts online
  • Life Insurance Policies or any other vehicles that may pay out benefits upon your death – be sure to include any online login credentials needed to access these accounts online
  • Health Benefits including private insurance, pension benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration Benefits – your spouse or family may be entitled to these benefits in the event of your death
  • Bank Accounts, Investment Accounts, Stocks, Bonds, etc. – be sure to include any online login credentials needed to access these accounts online
  • List all valuables – jewelry, art, etc.  Be sure to take pictures and keep the pictures in a safe deposit box or in a cloud storage solution that a family member can access.
  • All liabilities such as mortgages, loans, credit cards, anything for which you owe money and may lead to a creditor seeking repayment from your estate

Create or Update Legal Documents

Meet with your attorney to create or update legal documents that will further protect your estate upon your passing. Your attorney’s recommendations may include the following:

  • A Will – include an updated list of beneficiaries
  • Healthcare directives/documents such as Power-Of-Attorney and/or a Living Will
  • Creation of a Trust(s)

Arrange for Long-Term Care

Most people forget that you can also plan for your long-term medical care as part of your estate planning. YOU can set aside assets to pay for your medical, housing, nurse care and related costs up to point of your passing. Be sure to contact a health care planning professional to review your options.

Arrange for End Of Life

Pre-plan your end-of-life arrangements, whether burial or cremation, services, location, cemetery plot – everything that you want in place upon your death because these are questions that only YOU can answer.

Click the link below to download the Cremation Society of America Cremation Planning Guide

Make Sure Your Family can Access Everything that you Collected

All of the work you’ve done above will be for naught if you did not make arrangements for your loved ones to access all of the information that you’ve gathered in your inventory. Here are a few steps to keep in mind:

  • Maintain a list of all current usernames and passwords. Then, make sure that you place that list somewhere where your family or attorney can access it
  • Keep important and legal documents in a secure location such as a safe, vault or safe deposit box. You may also keep these documents with an attorney. Regardless of where you store the documents, be sure to give your family a way to access them
  • Periodically review your documents to keep them up-to-date

As you can see, Estate Planning is another way for you to enjoy peace of mind that your wishes will be honored after you’ve passed away. This is much the same way as how Pre-planning your Direct Cremation delivers peace of mind during a troubling time for your family and friends.

Please contact CSA for more information regarding our Cremations services as well as family resources. We look forward to being of service to you and your family.