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Published: April 12, 2017

Cremation vs Burial … How to Decide Which is Best?Making the choice between cremation and burial can be a difficult choice. At the end of the day it's also a very personal one. Even if a loved ones wishes go against your own, it is important that you go along with them. If, however, an end of life discussion has not taken place prior to their passing, this decision can be made infinitely more difficult. Ensuring that these preparations are made ahead of time are important. Making the right choice doesn't have to be too difficult. With that in mind, we aim to educate you on all the options available to help you make the best choice for you and your loved ones.


There are some big differences between cremation and burial that must first be pointed out. When a body is cremated it is reduced to ash. This is a cheaper option and an urn is also less onerous to transport. A burial, on the other hand, allows you to present your loved one's body at the funeral service. This option, while being more traditional, is also more costly. Tradition is an important aspect of a funeral service as it helps many people feel more connected to their ancestors when paying respects in the same way they did. For a lot of people, this will be a driving factor when choosing between the two.


On the other hand, a lot of people, especially in the younger generations, are moving away from traditional values and opt to create their own traditions that instead reflect their own personal values. There is no right or wrong answer here. The choice should ultimately be the one that feels best for you. It should be noted once again that the wishes of the deceased should always take priority, regardless of anyone else's beliefs.  Burials involve a lot more steps than cremation. There is the preparation and embalming process to help preserve the body. Caskets, hearse rentals, and burial plots are also considerations to keep in mind. In order to find the perfect plot many people will reserve theirs years in advance. While this ensures that their final resting place suits them perfectly, these added steps can also add financial and emotional stress. Most burials end up costing upwards of $10,000 and, even with the help of a qualified funeral director, take careful planning and preparation.WEIGHING THE TWO

Cremation is infinitely cheaper and more efficient. Cremation also allows the scattering of your loved ones ashes in a more personal place for them. It also allows you to keep your loved ones close, presenting the urn either in storage or a visible place in your home. A lot of people feel close to their loved ones when they choose this option. It should always be noted that your loved ones' wishes are your number one priority when making any end of life decisions. If they have a preference or their religious beliefs go against a specific choice, then you should absolutely honour and respect those requests and guidelines. A compromise is always welcome, as well, with a traditional service followed by cremation.
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