While cremation is becoming an increasingly popular choice for families in Nashville, it’s important to remember this: Not all cremation providers are equal. Scandals in the media have caused many to be leery of cremation, and rightfully so. On top of that, the choice to cremate can involve personal, religious, or societal beliefs. In some cases, preferences are known before death, but in others, family members must make this decision. This is why our team at Lumen Cremation always recommends that people preplan their arrangements, so loved ones aren’t put in that position during a time of grief.

Whatever your wishes, you have to make sure you choose a cremation provider you can trust who will treat your loved one with dignity. You also have to be confident that the cremated remains returned to you are those of your loved one and not someone – or something – else.

Here are some questions you should ask any cremation provider before trusting yourself or your loved one into their care.

1.) What kind of cremation services do you offer, and what is the process like to make a cremation arrangement?   

Cremation providers will offer different kinds of services, everything ranging from a direct cremation to a full visitation and church service. At Lumen, we offer a simple cremation package, and arrangements can be made entirely online, by phone, and at our offices only if it is your preference. Other facilities may require you to make an in-person visit, which can be a burden when planning from a distance. Our cremation specialists can assist you with making choices, understanding the process, and handling all arrangements in the way that is easiest for you.

2.) What does a cremation cost, and is your package all-inclusive?  

You are likely interested in knowing what a cremation will cost – and of course, this is an important question to ask a provider when determining whether you will choose them. How a provider responds to questions about the price of a cremation is as telling as what the price actually is. At Lumen Cremation, we welcome questions about cremation costs. Our simple cremation package costs $995, and that includes the cremation permit, alternative cremation container, services of a funeral director, care in a climate-controlled environment, and the cost of the cremation. We even include a $50 credit toward merchandise in our online store. When you ask other cremation providers about price, you’ll find that there are often hidden fees, such as a separate charge for the cremation permit or the cremation container. Be sure to ask for an accurate total of cremation costs you can expect.

3.) What kind of guarantee do you offer?

We are the only funeral provider in Nashville to offer a 10-step cremation process backed by our exclusive Cremation with Confidence™ guarantee. Our process ensures that your loved one is always treated with respect. It includes a strict ethical code over-and-above the state regulations to ensure the best possible cremation experience.

Whatever your final wishes, our caring staff here at Lumen Cremation will be sure to help you arrange cremation services while offering you the peace of mind you need at this difficult time. We invite you to reach out to us any time to learn more about our cremation services, or to begin the process of putting your arrangements in place.