Choosing Between Cremation And Burial

3 August 2016
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Many times people make the choices of cremation and burial before their death. A lot factors come into play before you make a final choice. Here are some ways to make your decision a little easier.

Consider the Deceased's Wishes

When it is time to depart with a loved one, it is important to provide the aftercare needed to finish the earthly presence. Providing the deceased had made his/her wishes known prior to death, you want to abide by those desires. Some people don't want to be enclosed in a casket, whereas others have a fear of fire. It is a very personal choice.

Consider Religious or Cultural Beliefs

Many religions accept cremation except for Islam, Presbyterianism, Orthodox Judaism, Eastern Orthodox Church, and several others.

Burial Elements to Consider

Cemetery Rules: Cemeteries usually have specifications on the type of headstone or monuments that  you may not find acceptable. You might also want to visit the deceased at the cemetery when it is not during regular hours.

Cremation Facts

The process is efficient and quick: Many factors are involved during the process, and the time can range from sixty minutes to two hours. The main factors include the size/weight of the body and type of container used for the procedure. It could take about two hours for an average person of 150 pounds if a cardboard container was used for the cremation.

No hurry for burial or scattering: The option of cremation allows time for grieving since the ashes won't need to be scattered or buried right away.

No casket is needed: The deceased is placed in a leak-proof, sturdy, and combustible container. Many materials are used ranging from cardboard to solid wood to make the family or survivors more comfortable. The container is used for dignity and respect. It also protects the crematory employees from any leakage of body fluids during the process.

No embalming required: Direct cremations are more cost effective and require only an alternative container, not a casket.

Cremation requires no ground space: You will have the urn or container with the remains.

Memorials in a cemetery aren't necessary: Cremation provides transportability in relation to memorials with the use of an urn. There is not a need to drive to a cemetery. You loved one can remain with you forever if you choose to not release the ashes.

Unless the deceased had specific requests before his/her departure, deciding which choice is the best can be a difficult process. Each situation is different and may require some give and take to make the final decision. These are just a few of the elements involved in making a good choice between cremation and burial. Talk to a funeral home, like DiPonzio Funeral Home Inc, for more help.