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Is Cremation The Right Choice?

Published: June 9, 2020

Choosing between burial or cremation is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when it comes to end-of-life practices.

So, how can you decide if cremation is the right choice?

Cremation has been growing in popularity for several reasons:

Less cost - no need for a casket or full funeral home services such as embalming.

Saves land space - no need for a full burial or plot.

More flexibility in terms of memorialization - the remains can be in an urn or placed in keepsakes that family members can hold on to. The remains may also be scattered or kept in a family crypt.

While these three reasons seem great, one must also keep in mind that the process is irreversible. So you want to figure out if it’s the right choice for you. It’s a personal decision and you need to take loved one’s wishes, feelings, and beliefs into consideration. 

Let’s dive deeper into determining if cremation is right for you:

According to The New York Times, “Demand for cremation — the disposal of a body using flame or heat — continues to outpace that for traditional burial, says the National Funeral Directors Association’s 2019 report on cremation and burial. The cremation rate surpassed 50 percent in 2016 and continues to increase, the association found. It is expected to rise to 79 percent by 2040.”

What does the price of a cremation include?

Direct cremation, in particular, is considered least expensive as it could avoid costs associated with visitation and funeral service. Although adding a memorial service or visitation, basic cremation generally includes pickup and transportation of the body, filing necessary paperwork, the actual cremation and the return of the ashes to the family.

Rates vary by location, but a reasonable rate for a direct cremation is $2,000 to $3,000.

Must I hold a memorial service before or after a cremation?

Add-ons like visiting hours or a memorial service are entirely up to you. You can do everything, or nothing, before or after the cremation.

The beauty of cremation is that you may hold the ashes for an informal gathering or celebration of your loved ones life at a later date. 

Is cremation culturally or religiously incorrect?

Religious and cultural beliefs also play an important part in this decision. Except for Orthodox Judaism, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Islam, most religions accept the process of cremation.

In fact, this system has been practiced in Hinduism since time immemorial as it believes that not only does a cremation serve as a means of disposing of the body but also helps the departed soul in its journey into the next world. Ground burial, on the other hand, symbolizes the burial and resurrection of the Christ.

A survey of Pennsylvania funeral homes revealed that 93% of the families served held some type of funeral service, including those who had selected cremation as the final disposition. Families in Pennsylvania realize the importance of funeral services (no matter if it’s a physical burial or cremation) that it:

Provides an opportunity to express feelings of grief.

Encourages sharing of one's life and memories.

Creates a forum to share spiritual values and beliefs.

Serves as a rite of passage.

If you have decided that you want to be cremated after your death, you can place your request in writing and provide the copies of instruction to your relatives. Preplanning the cremation is also helpful for your loved ones as it is cost-effective and gives a peace of mind.

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