Arranging a funeral service after a sudden death of a loved one can be taxing. It can overwhelm anyone who is in the process of grieving. That is why pre-planning your own funeral arrangement is advisable to avoid further sufferings.
As you pre-plan a funeral service, there are certain things that you must take into consideration. One of these is the final disposition method you are going to choose.
There are two options available for your final disposition: traditional burial and cremation.
While traditional burial has been around for the longest time, cremating the remains of individuals has been gaining popularity in the recent years for the following reasons.
It Provides Flexibility
Relatives living in different parts of the world are common these days. In this setup, arranging a traditional burial service in case of sudden death of loved ones can prove difficult.
In traditional burial, there is a sense of urgency to bury the remains to avoid quick deterioration. However, in cremating, you can place the remains or “ashes” in an urn once cremated. You can then hold it indefinitely until loved ones are all gathered for the final disposition.
In addition, as the ashes are placed in an urn, it becomes easier to transport in case you need to travel. Urns are smaller and more portable compared to caskets, which make it suitable for trips.
It Has Tons of Creative Options
With the restriction of time and proximity out of the question, families can now plan the memorial service they want to bid their goodbyes. With cremation, there are plenty of options to do this.
Families may choose to scatter the ashes in significant places for the final disposition of the remains. They may also place the urn in a crematorium garden or bury it in the cemetery.
Whatever final disposition method they prefer, families can hold a celebration of life memorial to honor the legacy of their departed loved one. They may request for a certain motif to have a more personal touch. It can be anything like favorite sports, food or music that best describes the personality of their deceased member. This memorial can help ease the grief and make families accept that death has occurred.
It is Cost-Effective
Even after death, people are still obligated to pay for proper funeral services. In traditional burial, you will have to pay for funeral requirements including the most expensive ones: casket and burial plot. However if you choose to be cremated, you can cut huge portion of these after-death expenses, especially in direct cremation.
In this method, funeral services are eliminated, saving you from skyrocketing expenses these entail. However, since funeral services are usually held to ease the grief and comfort the remaining family members and friends, it is advisable to think this through carefully before coming up with a decision.
While some people view the method as still an expensive choice, since it requires tons of fuel to perform the process, advance techniques to reduce fuel cost are already available.
In addition, while cremating still requires caskets, there are available ones made from light wood materials that are a lot cheaper than the standard caskets.
If you wish to bury the urn, cremation plots are usually cheaper compared to the traditional burial plot. It also takes less space as it does not require a full-size burial plot.
It Addresses Environmental Concerns
Since traditional burial involves heavy doses of chemicals during embalming, it can contaminate the ground which can result to infertility of the land. It can even risk the health of people living near the burial grounds.
While cremating has its own risks, such as carbon emissions, technological advancements have lessened its impact on the environment. Generally, this final disposition method is considered to be “greener” and more eco-friendly.
It Suits Personal Preference
Individuals pre-planning their funerals consider personal preferences in choosing their final disposition. And some people see cremating as the better means to adhere to their certain wishes, feelings, and beliefs.
For instance, people suffering from specific cases such as claustrophobia, fear of rotting and the likes find cremating the best way to address these worries even after death.
With the advantages of cremation at hand, the decision to choose which method of final disposition lies in your hands. Just keep in mind to consider all the available options before deciding on which method you desire.