Honoring our dead is a practice that has been around since the beginning of time. The method of disposition, however, has seen many changes over the years. In the past, cremation was not an option for most people. But now, with modern technology and changing attitudes, cremation is becoming more and more popular.
When you are faced with the task of planning a funeral or memorial service, one of the first things you will need to decide is whether you want to bury or cremate the body. Both options have pros and cons, and ultimately, the decision comes down to personal preference.
With years of experience providing dignified funerals to San Antonio residents, Funeral Caring USA understands the importance of this decision. We are here to help you understand the process and make the best decision for your needs.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing a body to its basic elements through intense heat. The cremated remains, which are also called “ashes”, weigh about 3-5 pounds and are typically scattered or buried.
Cremation offers many benefits over traditional burial. For starters, it is less expensive than a traditional funeral. Cremation also allows for more flexibility when it comes to memorialization. You can scatter the ashes in a place that was significant to the person who died or you can keep them in an urn as a physical reminder of your loved one.
There are some drawbacks to cremation, as well. Because the body is reduced to ashes, there is no physical body to view at the funeral or memorial service. This can make it difficult for some people to grapple with the finality of death.
What is Burial?
Burial is the process of interring a body in the ground. The casket is placed in a grave and covered with dirt or a concrete vault. Burials usually take place in a cemetery, but they can also take place on private property with the permission of the landowner.
Burials offer a traditional way to say goodbye to a loved one. For many people, having a physical body to view and bury is an important part of the grieving process. It helps them to come to terms with the death and begin the healing process.
Burials can be expensive, however. In addition to the cost of the casket and funeral service, you will also need to pay for the grave plot, headstone, and cemetery fees.
Making the Decision
Choosing between cremation vs burial is a personal decision that should be made with the help of your family and close friends. It is important to take your time to consider all of your options and make the decision that is right for you.
If you have any questions about cremation or burial or need help planning a funeral or memorial service, don’t hesitate to contact Funeral Caring USA today. We are here to help you through this difficult time.