Burial vs. Cremation: What to Do When a Loved One Didn't Specify

Monday, May 3, 2021

Losing a loved one can trigger intense grief. And, sometimes, you have to work through that emotion, quite literally, because you need to plan for your friend or family member's funeral. 

Now, you might find yourself in an even tougher position than that—and that's already a painfully difficult one. Perhaps your loved one didn't want a funeral, or they didn't leave a plan behind. So, you have to decide the merits of a burial vs cremation, or vice-versa. 

Here's what to consider before deciding on either option.

Option One: Burial

A traditional funeral has many merits, especially if your loved one adhered to a religion that requires burial.

It also gives you and the rest of your family and friends a place to visit and remember the person who has passed. You can go routinely, leave flowers, and reflect on their life. For that reason, many consider a traditional burial to provide more closure, too. 

Now, there are a few cons to a traditional burial. It tends to be more expensive than cremation. It makes sense if you think about it. Burial requires transport and preservation of the body, as well as the purchase of a burial plot, coffin, and more.

And, if certain family members live far away, it will be harder for them to visit the gravesite. So, you might consider an option that allows everyone to feel closer to the person who has passed on. In that case, cremation may be the better choice.

Option Two: Cremation

You can also consider cremation as a way to lay your loved one to rest. It has plenty of pros and cons to consider, as well. 

The cost of cremation is often touted as one of its major benefits. It's typically much cheaper than a traditional burial. It's faster, too, so you don't have to spend days planning a funeral—you can opt for cremation and be done with it.

On top of that, cremating someone's remains means that they don't have to stay in place. Rather than having a set gravesite, you can put someone's ashes in an urn or another receptacle, and they can move with you. You can also give ashes to several people so that they feel close to the person who has passed on.

There are a few negatives with cremation, though. It may be against some religions, so make sure it'd be a safe choice for your loved one. Others find it harder to mourn someone who has been cremated, so be sure to ask other immediate family members what they'd prefer before making a decision.

Burial vs Cremation: Which One Is Right for My Loved One?

Is it better to cremate or bury someone? In the end, only you can decide between a burial vs cremation for your loved one. The above pros and cons should help you pick but, if you still need guidance, we're here to help.

Click here to request more information from our funeral home. We provide both traditional burial and cremation services, and we can help you choose which option's best for you, your family, and your loved one.

Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory is the only private on-site crematory in Pottstown, PA.That is why we can truly say, your loved one never leaves our care. Our funeral directors are crematory technicians certified by the Cremation Association of North America, which provides advanced certifications to help insure the highest standards.  

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