Cremation is a popular choice in the U.S. and especially in Texas. In 2010, Texas had a 32 percent cremation rate and was the third top state for cremation behind California and Florida, according to a report by the Cremation Association of North America (CANA). Many people choose cremation over a funeral and burial for a variety of reasons:
- cost savings,
- ecological concerns,
- religious or cultural traditions, or
- the ability to keep or scatter ashes in a special place.
If you are interested in having a cremation in San Antonio for yourself or a loved one, consider all your options and pick a plan that works for you.
San Antonio Cremation Services and Pricing
Cremation costs are less than costs associated with a traditional funeral. A direct cremation, or simple cremation, costs less than cremation with a memorial service and/or burial. However, your total price depends on the service package you select. Neptune Society in the San Antonio/Bexar County area helps you plan for a cremation whether you’re planning your own ahead of time or doing so for a loved one. Neptune Society staff offers preplanning guidance and prepayment options that help ease the burden on family members.
Options for a San Antonio, TX Cremation
There are various options available to those choosing cremation, and you’ll need to make decisions ahead of time. Some questions you should answer are: Do you want to have a memorial service? Do you want people to make donations to charity in your honor? What role do you want your family members to play in your cremation and/or service? Do you want your remains to be buried, stored at a loved one’s home, or scattered?
If you want your remains to be scattered, there are more options to consider: Do you want the ashes scattered in a private or public space? While you might want to scatter remains around the River Walk, it might make for some awkward tourist encounters. Choose a location and time carefully. Would you prefer a burial at sea? The Neptune Memorial Reef off the coast of Florida is an option, but Texans might want to scatter remains in the Gulf with a memorial boat ride out of Galveston.
Whatever you decide, communicate your wishes to your family members and attorney. Update your will and share your cremation service plan with your next of kin.