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Tips for Telling Family You Want to Be Cremated

Published: September 26, 2022
by ARN Funeral & Cremation Services

Is your intention to be cremated rather than buried at the time of your death? If it is, this is information that you’ll definitely want to share with your family at some point. They will need to know that you would prefer cremation services in Carmel, IN over burial services. That being said, it can be difficult to have a conversation about something like cremation with your family. We’ve put together some tips to help you have it successfully. Here are several tips for telling your family you want to be cremated. 

Find the right time to discuss your cremation wishes with your family. 

If you’re going to let your family know you would prefer a Carmel, IN cremation over burial, this isn’t the information that you’ll want to drop on them out of the blue. You should instead look for a better time to have such an important conversation with them. In a perfect world, you’ll want to find a time when you can all sit down together to discuss your cremation plans. You’ll get a much better reaction from them when you take this approach. 

Run through a list of reasons why you want to be cremated with your family. 

After you’ve brought your family together to talk about cremation with them, you should come right out and explain that you want to be cremated. From there, you should have a list of reasons why you want to be cremated ready to go before your family can ask, “Why?” The more reasons you’re able to provide for them, the more seriously they’ll take your cremation request. It wouldn’t hurt to have at least half a dozen reasons for your family, if not more. 

Invite your family to ask you questions about cremation. 

Outside of asking you why you want to be cremated, your family might have other questions about your cremation decision that they would like to ask you. You should open up the floor to them and have them ask any questions that they would like. You might be surprised to hear how many questions they’ll run by you. You should be prepared to answer each and every one. You should also be ready to look up the answers to any questions that you might not be able to handle yourself. 

Tell your family they’re welcome to talk to you about cremation moving forward. 

You probably won’t be able to get on the same page as your family with regard to cremation during a single conversation. You’ll need to talk about your decision at least a few times for it to really sink in with some of your family members. Because of this, you should tell your family members that you’re open to discussing cremation more as you all move forward. It’ll make them feel more comfortable about coming to you with any questions, concerns, etc. they might have in the future. 


Do you want to learn more about Carmel, IN cremations so that you can have a great conversation with your family? Our funeral home can set you up with the information you’ll need. Give us a call now to talk to a funeral director about cremation services.


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