It’s challenging having to make the decision between cremation and burial. Whether you are deciding for someone who has passed or even planning for your own passing, it is a big decision to make. To make a difficult situation less stressful here is some information that may help you and your decision making
When someone has passed the expenses add up quickly. Nobody wants to be worrying about cost/money in such a hard time when one is grieving, however, choosing the services after someone has passed demands a lot of time and money. One of the options, burial, can be an expensive process that adds a lot more costs to the other services already being paid for. The expenses include a grave plot, burial vault, casket, opening and closing fee, a headstone, etc. Cremation, on the other hand, can be a lot more cost-effective. For cremation, the only expenses are for the cremation itself, an urn to hold the ashes, and a rental casket which is optional and likely only needed if wanted at the funeral service. Overall, the cost is much more reasonable with cremation than it is with burial.
It can be very difficult having to wait and go through a lengthy time consuming process with your loved ones passing. Cremation tends to be quicker compared to burial because it takes a lot of time, conversation, and decision making when burying someone whereas cremation doesn’t require as much planning or processes to go through. Certain people however may like to have more time to make a decision. With cremation it is quick but you as an individual still have as long or as short a time as you want to decide what you think to be best to do with the ashes. Overall, cremation is quicker while still giving someone as much time as they need.
A pro to cremation that can be considered is how it is more environmentally friendly. Burial requires land that is specially designated for this sole purpose because it is possible for the caskets with the deceased body to result in environmental contamination. With cremation it doesn’t take up the amount of land cemeteries/burials do, helping prevent the problem of overcrowded cemeteries, as well as limiting the risk of land contamination.
Burial is a specific, complex, and inflexible option for dealing with your deceased loved ones. Cremation takes away a lot of the stress and decision making that goes into a burial. Additionally, when someone is cremated it gives more time and more opportunities to decide where you want to spread that person's ashes in remembrance. With cremation you don’t have to choose a single final resting place for your loved one. You could get a decorative urn to keep in your home, a delicate piece of jewelry that contains a bit of the ashes, or you can spread the ashes in a number of different places. You won’t have to go to the cemetery to feel like you’re visiting with the one you miss.
John P. Feeney Funeral Home would love to help you make a decision on what is best for you and make the process easier. For more information, please call us at 610-372-4160.