Never an easy subject to discuss, but understanding the differences between a cremation and a burial is important.
When a loved one dies, we must decide, among other aspects, the type of burial that we will give them. Cremation or burial are the two possibilities that funeral homes offer us to be able to dismiss the body. However, which of these two options is the best?
While burials are often the most common funeral practice globally, cremations have been growing in popularity rapidly. Every family is different, and not all people want the same type of funeral. Both religious and cultural traditions, costs, and personal preferences influence your final choice.
If you are deciding between a burial or a cremation for yourself or a loved one, here are some factors you can consider.
In recent years this has become the most popular option due to its lower cost, in comparison to a burial.
Cremation consists of the body’s incineration in a crematorium using high temperature, pressure, and vaporization mechanisms that disintegrate the body.
This process has multiple benefits that we will mention below:
Cremation also has its downside:
On the other hand, funeral homes also offer the conventional option: the burial of the body in a local cemetery.
Although burial is the traditional option upon death, there is currently a new ecological burial trend, considered the ideal option for those who want a farewell in a more natural environment and with less polluting funeral products.
It is a more expensive service than cremation as it includes various services and products such as embalming, burial room rental, casket expenses, flower arrangements, etc.
What are the main reasons someone might have a burial?
Like cremation, burial has its downside:
Considering all the above points, once you have decided between a cremation or burial for your loved one, ask for prices at various funeral homes, compare all the funeral costs, and decide what type of service is more in line with your budget, the needs, beliefs, or wishes of the family.
If you want to speak to a specialist, we have more information about funeral plans, where you can fill in a simple form to be put in touch with an expert.
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