How you will be remembered in the end is one of the most personal decisions you can ever make. Many choices await you in this process but picking between cremation or traditional burial is one of the biggest. You need to consider numerous factors in doing this, and they include your available budget, religious traditions, family customs, and your own final wishes.
How Do You Decide Between Cremation Vs Burial?
Prices vary in each market across the country, but as a general rule of thumb, cremation is far cheaper. Preservation of the body isn’t as detailed, there is no coffin involved, nor is there any need to purchase a burial plot. With rising real estate prices in most areas, the burial plots alone can be exorbitant.
Impact On A Memorial Service
A traditional burial often involves viewing and a graveside service for friends and family to find comfort. A funeral can still happen with cremation, but if a viewing is wanted, it obviously needs to happen beforehand. The disposal or scattering of ashes can be handled in many different ways.
The traditions and beliefs you or your family hold dear can be of guidance to you in this decision:
Buddhists: Many who follow this path choose cremation, but certain families still pick a full-body burial.
Catholics: The Church instructs members to lay the deceased to reset inside a cemetery. When cremation is chosen, the remains should be placed or buried in a columbarium, mausoleum, or cemetery garden that are consecrated to be holy ground.
Greek Orthodox: This Church believes that the act of cremation desecrates the body, so the deceased should be buried in the soil. Embalming is frequently done, and both autopsies and organ donations are permitted.
Hindus: In this faith, cremation is believed to liberate and free the soul of the departed, which might otherwise linger with physical remains. Cremation is often encouraged within 24 hours of the person’s death in order to expedite them to their next journey.
Islam: This religion is quite particular about burial preparations, starting with a washing ritual and ending with burial in either a Muslim cemetery or just a designated Muslim section of a community burial area. Cremation is not in alignment with Muslim teachings.
Judaism: This faith emphasizes the return of the entire body into the earth and quickly too. However, a number of modern Jewish families are embracing cremation.
Protestants: Followers of this group of faiths practice a wide variety of funeral service choices.
Picking burial in a cemetery means that those left behind and even those yet to come to have a place to visit for remembrance and reflection. Still, cremation does not preclude these options, as cremated remains can still be buried in the ground, laid to rest in special cremation gardens, or even stored in a columbarium or mausoleum.
If the environment of the planet is something you care about strongly, then you might automatically be opposed to in-ground burial, given how much room cemeteries take. Cremation is seen by many as an eco-friendlier option, but there are also ‘green’ burial options that skip embalming or use coffins with biodegradable materials.
Choosing For Someone Else
If you’re in the unfortunate position of deciding for someone recently passed, and they didn’t leave a stated or recorded preference, then try to work with a funeral director, like Premier Funerals, or religious advisor to ascertain the appropriate option based on what you do know about your loved one