What Do You Need to Know if Your Senior Wants to Be Cremated?

Cremation is just one of many options available to your senior as she nears the end of her life. It’s possible that she’s already decided on cremation, but has she made any of the other decisions that are related to this one?

You Need to Know for Sure What Your Senior Wants Done

There’s more than just the decision to cremate that you need to consider. Your elderly family member might believe that’s all that there is for her to iron out. But there are lots of other decisions. Does she want her ashes scattered? Does she want them divided amongst family members? If you don’t know what she wants, you’re not going to be able to follow through on those wishes for her.

How Much Involvement Other People Should Have

Your elderly family member may not have specific wishes for any ceremonies after she passes away, but she might feel that it’s important for you or for other family members to work together to put something together. If that’s what she’s expecting, it helps for you to be aware of that ahead of time so that you can start talking to family members. Make sure that you verify if there’s anyone that she doesn’t want to make those decisions.

Any Other Small Details or Plans

There are a ton of other smaller details your senior might not want to make herself. For instance, decisions about exactly how ashes should be split and who should get how much of the ashes are decisions that your senior probably does not want to discuss. There may be some other options for preserving your elderly family member’s ashes that you want to look into, but in a way that is respectful to your senior.

Whether There Are Restrictions on Scattering Ashes

One vital detail is that state and local laws often have something to say about when, where, and how the ashes of a human can be scattered or left. If your elderly family member wants to have her ashes scattered in a public place, for instance, that might not be possible. It’s really important to do some research before you make promises to her that you may not be able to keep in full.

If your elderly family member is still deciding about issues like cremation or you need more help knowing what you can do, there are resources out there. Hospice care providers can take care of your senior’s practical needs while you sort out her wishes.

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING HOSPICE CARE IN CHICO, CA, FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT PIC COMFORT CARE TODAY. CALL (530) 885-9948.

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