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Burial verus Cremation

Updated on July 14, 2016

The transition from physical life to the energy soul is a part of the life and death passage of human beings. Still, the loss of a loved one is difficult for those who remain.

When the death of a loved one occurs you will be faced with the necessary decisions and arrangements for what to do with their physical body. Whether their death was expected or not, the hours and days afterward will be filled with grief, tears, and a myriad of emotions, making it a poor time to make such decisions.

Realizing that death is a part of the life cycle, would it not be wiser to think about burial or cremation now?

This article is meant to help you make that decision, by looking at the benefits and differences of each, both financial and emotional.


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Burial of the body whole within a coffin

Many people choose to bury their loved ones in a cemetery. This helps fill the need to have a physical place in which to go that will help them feel closer to the person who has passed.

Aside from the costs for funeral services, visitation and a coffin (which can easily run in the hundreds to thousands of dollars) there is the added expense of purchasing a plot of land. Though curators of funeral homes are there to help make the transition of laying your loved one to rest easier, it is a business they are running and your bill for their services can easily run you $5,000, perhaps more.

Some countries, Canada for instance, do provide survivors with a death benefit supplement to help cover the cost of funeral expenses, but this may not be enough.

Sometimes religious beliefs play a role in the decision of how you will lay your loved ones physical body to rest. If this is the case for you and finances will play an issue, why not talk with your priest/padre/pastor about the possibility of some assistance from your congregation.

Consulting with other family members about burial preparation is likely to be easier before a loved one dies. That doesn't mean it won't be a difficult subject to address but you will all likely be far less affected by the heavy emotions you will experience after their passing. Level heads can think more clearly about the costs and benefits of a burial


Cremation of the body

The option of cremation of the body after death can be a a cost effective alternative.

Aside from being financially easier you will have the ability to transport your loved ones ashes for burial at a later date, keep them with you in a spiritual place of your choosing, or even scatter them to become part of the earth once again.

A burial urn is required for burial of the ashes but these can be purchased for as little as $300. If you prefer the funeral home can provide you with a simple plastic container specifically designed for cremated human remains.

Many countries today do not have land space available for burial of human remains. This fact may also help you decide whether cremation is a good choice for you.

Say it with Love

Death is part of the life cycle as human beings and even when it is expected the occurrence is still painful. The immediate hours and days afterward will be filled with heavy emotion, visits from family and friends, and possibly concerns for the future. This is not the best time to make those first decisions regarding burial or cremation.

If you have not planned ahead then take a family member or friend with you to the funeral home. Talk with the Director and get ALL the options they offer. You do not have to make your decision right then; take the information home, and perhaps sleep on it; decide the next day.

How much you spend on saying farewell to a loved one by no means is any indication of how much you cared. You know your financial situation and there is no need to extend yourself in the name of love. Beautiful and memorable ceremonies are made from the love you put in to them (not the money), from the emotions expressed by the departed's loved ones and friends.

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