Funerals and post-funeral arrangements for the body are hardly something that the average person wants to think about. Nonetheless, it is worth planning for these events ahead of time with a funeral home of your choosing. One of the more difficult decisions you will have to make during this planning stage is often referred to as 'final disposition'. Traditionally, the most customary options for final disposition include ground burial in a cemetery, as well as above-ground entombment in a mausoleum. That said, cremation is an increasingly common choice for many people. Take a look below to discover just a few of the reasons why you should consider cremation after a funeral.
It is an unfortunate but unavoidable fact that funeral planning also involves your finances. Still, many people do not realize just how much a ground burial may cost them or the loved ones who survive them. While the cost is rarely prohibitive, it can put an unwanted strain on your individual or family budget during an already difficult time. Headstones, caskets, and embalming are all things that must be paid for, to name just a few examples. Cremation, on the other hand, does not involve any of these costs, resulting in a lesser financial burden.
When many people think of cremation, what they imagine is more akin to direct cremation, or cremation performed without a ceremony of any kind. While this is an option at many funeral homes, it is far from the only kind of cremation available. For instance, cremation can be performed alongside a memorial service that does not involve the remains; on the other hand, you may choose to have the body present at a traditional funeral service, only to be cremated later. Lastly, you may choose free cremation to be performed after the body is donated to science.
As with so many things in life, many people prefer their final disposition to be unique to them. Rather than be buried in a random plot among countless others in a large cemetery, they want their cremated remains to be placed in a space that has special meaning. They may want their ashes scattered to sea on a beach where they used to spend much of their time, or buried under a large tree on family property. Some people are even drawn to much more non-traditional final disposition methods, such as turning ashes into diamonds. Whatever your decision, opting for cremation allows for much more individual meaning.
Contact a local cremation service to learn more.