Cremation VS Burial - Is Cremation a Better Choice
For hundreds, if not thousands of years, people have been laying their loved ones to rest through traditional methods of burial, with the cost of the ceremony ranging from relatively low to extremely high. Depending on the region and culture, cremation may be considered a viable option, but its cost can range drastically depending on what other services it comes with.
However, with less room in city cemeteries, and with the cost of cremation going down more and more every year, cremation is becoming a viable and appealing option for people in North America. According to the Cremation Association of North America, the number of cremations in the United States has almost doubled over the past 15 years, with families embracing cremation as a way of memorializing their loved ones, all while keeping costs down. In Canada, as many as three out of four Canadians are choosing cremation over burial, and this number continues to rise.
Cost is perhaps one of the biggest factors for which people choose cremation for their loved ones over traditional burial. The cost of an average funeral can range anywhere from five to ten thousand, which doesn’t include the price of the burial plot, the headstone, and any upkeep or additional expenses associated with the specific cemetery. This means that in total, you may be spending upwards of fifteen thousand dollars for a funeral, with the price going up drastically in highly populated areas. The more urban and populated an area, the higher the cost of the burial plot. This forces many families living in such urban areas to bury their loved ones far outside the confines of the city, making the distance to see them that much further.
The reason for this huge cost is the fact that with a traditional funeral, there’s no option to forego the burial. With cremation, however, the options are much more flexible, allowing you to choose whether to have the remains buried, whether to hold a service, and even whether to have a viewing. Choosing to skip out on these services can cut costs dramatically, especially that of not having the remains buried. Very often, cremation without a service can be done for just a little over one thousand dollars, making it an extremely attractive option for many families.
Cremation, unlike traditional burial, also allows for much more personalization, letting the family memorialize their loved one however they see fit. The biggest factor for this is the flexibility of the memorial; because cremation remains take up such a small amount of space, they can be easily transported, and can be kept in any container indefinitely as they have no period of expiry. This means that you can keep your loved ones remains for as long as you see fit, scatter them whenever and wherever you decide to, or even incorporate them into multiple items, such as jewelry, vases, or even memorial items across the world.
It also gives you flexibility when it comes to the memorial, since there’ no need for a traditional funeral home service. By holding the wake or memorial at your own home, you greatly minimize the cost of a memorial service, specifically by eliminating the high costs of renting a memorial home. When choosing to go with a traditional burial, many families are often forced to go with the most basic option, so as to cut the high costs. However, when opting in for cremation, your family can choose from many more add-ons and memorial elements, all at a much cheaper cost than that of burial.
Finally, the biggest reason for which more and more people are choosing cremation is that it allows you and your family to keep your loved one close, whether it’s in a necklace, bracelet, urn, statue, or even scattered on your family estate. When a family member is buried, they’re located amongst hundreds, if not thousands of other burial spots, making visiting them a rather impersonal affair. With cremation, their remains can be with you wherever you choose, and honoring them can be as personal an affair as necessary. A traditional burial confines you to using a burial stone, which becomes more expensive the more it’s customized. An urn can be customized in every way possible, and comes at a much lower starting price.
Traditional funerals are steadily losing traction in society, with cremation emerging as a powerful and affordable trend for the wide majority of North Americans. Whether for personal, religious, or financial reasons, more and more families are choosing to have their loved ones cremated. It’s best for society to embrace cremation as the burial of the future, and work to showcase the many benefits that it has over traditional burial.