More people prefer cremation instead of burial services mainly because of its cost-effectiveness. Apart from saving money, cremation also offers flexibility in terms of memorial service. For example, a funeral service can take place at the actual cremation, and even at the crematorium itself.
Cremation services, however, have its own rules in terms of handling the urn of the deceased. One of this is travelling with cremated remains. In some countries like Italy, Poland, and the Philippines, people treat cremated remains the same way as the body, which makes it more difficult to transport.
When travelling with cremated remains, it is important that you have the original copy of the departed’s death certificate, cremation certificate, and a statement from the crematorium confirming that the urn contains the ashes of the deceased.
A good crematorium will assure the ashes’ placement, which they can assist in processing. Of course, its safety solely depends on the departed’s loved ones. Here are a few things to remember when travelling with cremated remains.
When Travelling by Road
If you are transporting cremated remains by car, you need to buy a cremation urn made of unbreakable material like wood, plastic, cloth, or cardboard. Urns made of glass, granite, or ceramic are not advisable because they crack easily. Before travelling, stuff the urn in a bigger container to assure that it remains safe, even in unexpected road hazards.
When Travelling by Air
Airlines allow transporting cremated remains, but most companies will only permit it as a carry-on luggage. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a clear process for screening crematory remains, which includes scanning the urn through the airport’s x-ray machine. If the x-ray machine rejects it, the TSA will have to reject your luggage. To avoid this, use an urn made of plastic, cardboard, or wood.
If you are not comfortable with transporting cremated remains, then you can always consider shipping. When doing so, it is important to provide the correct postal address and return address. Pack the cremated remains in two boxes, and make sure that the person who will receive the package is well informed.
Travelling with cremated remains is easy, especially when you follow the requirements. Just remember the safety of your loved one’s remains, and the real purpose of doing it.