Burial or Cremation: Which One is Best?
There is no “right way” to perform a funeral when it comes to burial or cremation. If your loved one has expressed a preference for one or the other, then it’s best to stick to that option and so grant the last wish of your loved one.
Most people choose one or the other for personal, religious or cultural reasons. Some like the idea of being buried next to a loved one, whereas others prefer the idea of their ashes being deposited in a place where they have special memories.
At Perth Cremations we hope to deliver the most appropriate funeral service that accurately reflects the wishes and personality of your loved one, as well as accommodating for the practical and financial needs of the family.
Here are a few pros and cons of burials and cremations to think about when planning a funeral for a loved one.
Many people value the traditional aspects of a burial. While it is required by some religious traditions, others prefer it because it provides a gathering place and a sense of permanence to those who have passed on.
A burial place provides somewhere were relatives can visit and pay their respects – which may also be important if not everyone is able to attend the funeral on the day. It can also be nice for relatives to return to pay respects on the anniversary of a loved one’s passing.
People may also wish to be buried in proximity to a loved one, who shares an adjacent lot.
On the other hand, it’s important to note that there are more expenses associated with burial. This includes purchasing a burial plot or vault, headstones or plaques, as well as the costs of ongoing maintenance that continue indefinitely.
People often prefer cremations for their unique symbolic value. Some like the idea of their ashes being deposited in a place that was special to them rather than the customary cemetery, or their ashes being kept and preserved by their family.
In addition to that, cremation is a far less expensive option, as there are no costs associated with a burial plot or ongoing maintenance.
For those environmentally concerned, many like the idea of not occupying space after they have passed – an especial concern in our modern age.
On the other hand, cremation doesn’t offer the same opportunity for family members to meet and congregate at a particular spot – and may cause concern if different members of the family want to keep the ashes.
It’s also worth noting, again for the environmentally conscious, that cremating a person is highly energy intensive – and there is a large amount of greenhouse gas emissions.
Whichever way your loved one is to be preserved, Perth Cremations will see that the wishes of the family are honoured in the best and most appropriate way. Burial and cremation have different value for different people, and there is no ‘correct’ way.
If you have lost a loved one, or wish to make arrangements for the future, contact Perth Cremations today for a free quote.