Cremation vs. Burial…How to Decide Which is Best

By: Greg Hurd
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

One of the most difficult and personal discussions that one makes in terms of their end of life plans is the decision between burial and cremation. However, in some cases it is difficult because that end of life discussion may not have taken place, or it may even go against your own beliefs. It is extremely important that you honour the wises of your passed loved one. Throughout this article we will take a look at some of the influencing factors of both cremation and burial.


The debate between cremation and burials has been going on for generations and varies between personal beliefs and religions. In order to make that first step towards making a decision on which to choose, it is important to know the differences between them. When a body is cremated, the body is heated and turned to ash; therefor there is no physical body that is present at the service. During a cremation, the ashes are placed in an urn and given to the family. What happens with the ashes when the family receives them, varies by person, for some they scatter the remains, some are entombed in a columbarium or at times the family even keeps them.


For burials, the physical body is always intact. The body is preserved using the embalming process then placed in a casket for a service. After the funeral service has taken place, the body is then interred or entombed in a mausoleum.  Many people now are leading towards cremations because it is much more cost efficient. For burials there are many other cost associated with the service, such as the casket, burial plot, funeral procession transportation, and even costs of the funeral homes. These cost on average cost around $10,000.


When you are making this decision for your loved one, it is important to respect the wishes that they had for their service. For some people, it is hard for them to make a decision because it goes against their beliefs, they either believe that they need to preserve the integrity of the body or they cannot allow the body to be buried because they view it as disrespectful.


As well, another reason why many people are still considering funerals is the fact that they want a viewing; many people do not realize that a viewing is still possible even if a cremation takes place. If a viewing is something that is important to you but the deceased wanted to be cremated, you can compromise by having a viewing and having a chance to say your goodbyes, and after the service the body would be taken to be cremated.


If you have any further questions on the topic, please contact us at Hurd Funeral Home.

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