With more people than ever venturing into pre-planning for their final expenses and memorial services, there's an increasing interest in the difference between traditional burials and cremation. If you've been thinking about pre-planning your final services, you might be wondering the same thing. Before you establish your memorial service and burial plans, there are some things you should understand about why many people are opting for cremation. Here's a look at some of the advantages of cremation.
The expense structure for cremation is vastly different than that of a traditional burial service. When you choose a traditional burial, you have the cost of body preparation, including embalming, the cost of the casket for the burial, and then the final burial expenses as well. This can add up to thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars. If you opt for cremation, on the other hand, you'll only incur the cost of the container that the body is placed in for the cremation and the cremation itself. If you choose to purchase an urn, you'll have that expense as well, but these costs are typically far less than those for a standard burial service.
Another reason why many people decide to choose cremation over a standard burial is that cremation allows for greater personalization of the deceased's final remains. You have many different options for handling cremains, including having those ashes turned into jewelry, a tree to plant in a memorable place, and more. You also have the option of scattering the ashes somewhere that is important to the deceased, where you might not be able to bury them if you opted for a traditional burial.
If you are concerned about loved ones who live further away being able to pay their respects, opting for cremation can give you a lot more flexibility in this situation. With a traditional burial, you have a specific timeline that you'll have to adhere to for the burial because of decomposition and the timing of burial services. However, when you choose cremation, the cremains can be stored for as long as you need to while your loved ones make the plans needed to travel for the memorial.
These are just a few of the reasons why many people are considering cremation instead of traditional burial services. If you've been trying to decide which one is right for you, consider these benefits and talk with a local funeral service director for more information.