Funeral vs. Burial: What Are the Differences?

Monday, May 2, 2022

Did you know that 2.4 million funerals take place each year in the states alone?

When a loved one dies, making arrangements for the disposition of their body can be difficult. One of the first decisions that must be made is whether to have a funeral or a burial. Although they may seem similar, there are actually some important differences between the two.

Keep reading to find out the key differences between a funeral vs. burial to help you decide which is right for you and your loved ones.

What Is a Funeral?

A funeral, memorial service, or a celebration of life, is a ceremony where you remember and honor the deceased. The way this celebration happens tends to depend on the culture and religion of the deceased. Celebrations can include:

  • prayers are spoken by religious leaders or family
  • religious readings
  • burning of the body
  • eulogies read by loved ones
  • songs sung

Funerals exist to celebrate the life of the deceased and give their friends and family closure. It is common for funerals to let the loved ones mingle and share stories of the deceased.

Funerals tend to happen a few days after death, but the length of time can vary depending on medical circumstances, cultural beliefs, and travel times. Funeral costs can also vary drastically depending on which service you choose.

What Is a Burial?

A burial is the process of laying a loved one to rest with their favorite or cherished objects that dates back 100,000 years. Typically the body is placed in a casket which is then sealed before being placed in the ground, but that isn't the only option.

Green burials have become an increasingly popular choice for people looking for an environmentally friendly option, as this burial doesn't include any chemicals and will allow your body to nourish the earth. In addition, many believe that green burials allow their spirit to live on through the plants that their bodies help grow.

It is also common for a funeral to happen at the burial site so that loved ones can say their final goodbyes. As such many cemeteries are joined with churches, but you do not need to plan a burial through a church.

Deciding Between a Funeral vs. Burial

So, when deciding between a funeral vs. burial, it depends on your personal preferences and beliefs. A funeral is probably the better choice if you want a more traditional send-off for your loved one. On the other hand, if you prefer a simpler, more intimate gathering, a burial may be more appropriate for you.

It is important to plan for the future. Preplanning your funeral, or that of a loved one can save you a lot of time and heartache during a stressful time. So contact Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory or start planning online so that you can rest assured that your funeral is taken care of.

At Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory, we want to take care of you and your family in any way possible. Our services include traditional funeral services, celebration of life services, cremations, selection of memorial and headstones, and more.  

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