The passing of a loved one is one of the most difficult times in a family’s life. While dealing with the pain and grief that come with death, the family also has the responsibility of putting together funeral services. During this time, many decisions need to be made; what kind of flowers will be arranged, where the services will be held, and many more. However, one of the most important decisions and the most difficult is if the deceased will be buried or cremated. Many times, the wishes of the deceased will already be specified, but in the event of an unexpected passing or ill planning, this hefty decision is left for the family. While many families stay true to traditional burial methods, in recent years, cremation has become a popular option throughout the funeral industry. Both options have their own pros and cons. In the end, the final decision comes down to the preferences and needs of the surviving family. With that being said let’s take a look at the pros and cons of cremation versus burials.
Cremation – Pros and Cons
To help guide your decision in selecting a burial method, here are a list of pros and cons of cremation:
- Pro: It’s more affordable. Since you do not need to purchase a coffin, plot, headstone, and the actual burial, cremation easily becomes a more affordable and cost-effective option for many families.
- Pro: There’s more flexibility. With the cremated remains, families have plenty of options in its safekeeping. If the deceased come from a large, loving family, miniature urns can be purchased, and the ashes divvied up.
- Pro: Mobility. You can take the ashes just about anywhere. In the event you and your family decide to move out of state or far from your original neighborhood, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are able to take your deceased loved one with you.
- Con: Lack of closure. For many, burial/funeral services act as a means of closure. It may be a very, very sad time, but it also provides a sense of peace to many. With cremations, oftentimes, the family won’t feel the need to arrange a formal funeral service and, therefore, may provide other surviving family members with a lack of closure.
- Con: No permanent destination: If a loved one is cremated, then there’s no need to host a burial service or purchase a headstone. There’s no real place where other family members or friends can go to pay their respects.
Burial – Pros and Cons
The tradition of burials has been prominent for centuries, stemming from Christian societies and practices. Here are a few pros and cons regarding traditional burial services:
- Pro: There’s always a place to visit. In times of sadness, many find comfort in visiting the burial spot of their loved one. It provides a safe, private space for those moments of grief and sorrow.
- Pro: Widely Accepted. For many religious reasons, cremation is not typically accepted. Burials, on the other hand, are widely accepted. Families with religious beliefs are more accepting of burial practices.
- Con: Very Expensive: With so many facets to traditional funeral services, it gets to be extremely expensive. Many families will have to invest in a headstone, coffin, plot, the actual burial process and more. On average, funeral prices can total to $10,000 or more.
Making the decision between a traditional burial or cremation can be difficult. At Passaway, we want you to be as informed as possible before you make your decision. We provide a variety of funeral resources, free obituary templates, and in-memoriam services