A Comparison of Cremation and Burial

By: Anderson-Marry Funeral Home
Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Comparison of Cremation and Burial

Choosing between burial and cremation can be a difficult decision. In the event that your loved one hasn’t expressed their preference, you will likely find that family members have strong opinions about both options. Let’s take a look at the difference and explore cremation vs. burial.

Cremation vs. Burial – The History and Tradition

Cremation started being accepted as an option in the 1960’s. However, many people with deep religious traditions and beliefs prefer burial. The thought is that the burial process allows the body to naturally become part of the earth, whereas cremation hastens the process. There are also rituals that are tied to burial. You can visit the burial site and pay respects.

Cremation doesn’t have the same history or traditions. However, many people believe that cremation is much more environmentally sound. There’s also the opportunity to have your loved one’s ashes with you in an urn or jewelry.

Cremation vs. Burial – The Financial Perspective

With both cremation and burial you have choices. For example, you choose the casket or the urn. Both require services. For a burial the body needs to be prepared and the resting place needs to be prepared as well.

The price of either cremation or burial depends largely on where you live, the funeral home that’s assisting you with the process, and your choices. One option is not necessarily more or less price than another.

Both cremation and burial have ceremonies that can be part of the process. You can have a funeral or a memorial, and your funeral home can help you manage the process. Ultimately, when it comes time to decide between cremation and burial, consider the preferences of your deceased love one.

Were they passionate about the environment? They might prefer cremation. Do they have strong religious beliefs and a sense of tradition? Then burial may be best. Family preferences may be important as well. If immediate family members live out of town they may not be able to visit a grave. However, they can take cremation remains home with them in an urn or jewelry.

There are many benefits to either decision. Deciding between cremation vs. burial is a choice that should be made as a family. Talk with your funeral director about the options and make the choice that’s best for you.

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