Talking about whether you should bury or cremate has a little eerie feel to it, especially if it is way ahead of your time. But things like that are inevitable, and maybe it is better for you to choose rather than your loved ones. According to some polls, as older you get, chances are you will prefer cremation over burial, and particularly if you are a male. If you are living in North America, chances are 50/50, but in the UK, cremation preferences go up to 70%. Funerals depend on tradition and religion you or your community belong to, so that is one more thing you should have in mind, but after all, it is your body and your will.
Burial Is somewhat traditional option, and everybody is used to it. And it is deeply embedded in western and Christian tradition (where cremation is ‘’forbidden’’), since Christianity revolves around the belief in judgment day, where all bodies will be resurrected, thus cremated bodies won’t have a chance to live in a new kingdom. But in modern times we see many Christians choosing the other option. Nevertheless, aside for tradition, burial is a proper way to say goodbye to your loved ones, and a proper way to mourn them, with closure while lowering the coffin. One more thing why families usually choose this option, you can always visit the burial site. Graveyards are usually park-like, peaceful and nice places so that visitors can have a little peace and quiet with their loved ones.
Cremation is usually considered cheap. While that, in general, isn’t a case, they are certainly cost-effective. It is environmental friendly in only one way, it saves space. Cremations take no space and in contrary, burials demand new land after each generation passes away. But, if you cremate yourself, another organism won’t have a chance to feed on you, thus the circle of life is being broken, it means it environmental unfriendly in a way.
Since cremation doesn’t take any space, family or deceased can choose what will happen with ashes. They can stay at home or be scattered anywhere. There are many options for Urns, but the rising in popularity is a biodegradable urn, that can help a plant by your choice grow.
Burials can cost, can go up to $10,000, depending on the service you choose and whether you pay additional costs. Most expensive things are, service fees, transportations, grave plot or burial vaults (with opening and closing fees), caskets and headstones. Not to mention, staff usage, hearse, preparation of the body and embalming.
The cheapest solution for cremation is called Direct Cremation. The body is being immediately cremated after death, avoiding expenses for the funeral home. No memorial service is held and no embalming or other preparations for viewing. And you can take care of paperwork and death certificate by yourself. And all of it usually costs between $700 and $2000, depending on your state. Even thou it is cheaper, watch out not to be talked into paying more than you plan.
Funeral options are not something discussed openly, but it should be. Funerals are often expensive since people don’t have it in plan and are surprised by all the things that go with it, not thinking through it with a clean mind. That’s why you should make a funeral plan, so to make thing easy for your family when the time comes, leave it in the testimony or discuss it with your family.
We hope that you won’t have to think about it in the near future, but we will be glad if this article helped you some day in the future.