Why More People Are Choosing Cremation Over a Traditional Burial

Prefer Cremation Over Burial

More people are choosing cremation over traditional burials, and it is not that hard to see why. Other than it being cost-effective, families also have the option of keeping the ashes in an urn instead of burying a casket. It also provides more flexibility concerning memorialisation as compared to burials in a graveyard or cemetery.

Cremation is a centuries-old rite growing in preference. It refers to the dissolution process that reduces human remains to ashes. It involves the processing and pulverisation of the dead body’s bone fragments. Cremations are now being promoted because of social and philosophical reasons.

Centenary Memorial Gardens shares why people are choosing this approach over traditional burial:

More Affordable

Direct cremations are less expensive and more practical than burials, as they do not require embalming. They are also a simple process that helps save ground space while eliminating costs associated with burials such as gravesite, casket, and cemetery fee.

Flexible Memorial Service

Cremation provides more flexibility for the family in terms of memorial service. The funeral can be held at the time of cremation, and at the crematorium itself. It can also be arranged at a later date or after the service. This helps the family arrange a service at a schedule they are comfortable with.

Personalised Option

Cremation offers more options for personalisation. Other than allowing a unique memorial service, this approach also allows the family to keep the ashes at home or store them safely in a crematorium memorial garden. Ash scattering is also something more families are doing and there is now a wide variety of ash scattering options to choose from. A proportion of ashes can also be shared between relatives or family members.

When choosing cremation as a part of pre-planned arrangements, it is important to remember that it is not a substitute for funeral; the final disposition is still required. Preplanning the cremation is helpful for your loved ones as it more affordable and gives your family peace of mind.

Readers Comments (3)

  1. Bobby C. Hamilton February 20, 2015 @ 5:02 am

    I prefer cremation not just because it is more affordable. I think it will give my family a more flexible choice when deciding for funeral service and storing of ashes.

  2. Novella R. Dickerson February 20, 2015 @ 5:16 am

    I’ll stick with traditional burial. I think cremation is an artificial process. While decomposition is not pretty, it is a normal biological process and the natural way of every living being.

  3. Both cremation and burial offers advantages. Those who prefer cremation may argue that is a more practical approach, while those who are against it may say the burial is worth the extra cash.


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