Cremation or burial: the pros and cons

One of the biggest decisions a person or family has to make is what will happen to a loved one’s body after death. For some, their religious beliefs dictate how the body must be interred; for others, it may be cost or available burial space that determine whether cremation or burial is appropriate. Some people decide while they’re living how they would like to be returned to the earth, while some bereaved families are left to decide.

When it comes to cremation or burial , it’s a highly personal choice, but there are practical arguments for each. If you are trying to decide what you would like for yourself, or what to do for a deceased loved one who did not indicate a preference, here are the pros and cons of each interment method.

Burial

Pros:

• Is considered more traditional

• Aligns with many people’s religious beliefs

• Provides a final resting place at a gravesite, where loved ones can visit

Cons:

• Is much costlier, as you may be required to pay for embalming (if religion allows), a casket, transportation, a burial plot, digging and so forth

• There’s the possibility that loved ones will not visit, and the grave will be forgotten

Cremation

Pros:

• Is more affordable than burial

• Offers more options for interment – you can bury an urn, scatter the ashes, or keep the urn in your home

• Takes up less space in cemeteries

Cons:

• Cannot be undone – so be very certain about it

• May be going against a loved one’s wishes or religious beliefs

• May make it difficult for some to mourn, without a gravesite to visit

In the end, both options have benefits and drawbacks – though cremation has become the preferred method in this part of the world for many over the past few decades. Ultimately, you have to look at your unique situation and decide what is best for your loved one and your family. It’s important to seek expert advice when it comes to making these tough decisions. 

Reach out  to Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre Inc. in Dundas, Ontario, to speak to Karin or Gisela today. Call 905-628-8558, or stop by 100 King St. East in Dundas during regular business hours.

Nestled in the heart of Dundas, Circle of Life’s beautiful facilities and compassionate staff are here to ensure that your final wishes are realized. Their mission is to bring a fresh and unique approach to memorial services. Having noticed a gap in funeral services, the minds behind Circle of Life wanted to offer the highest standards at affordable prices, whether your preference is cremation or burial. You are welcome to drop by any time to see the difference. Proud to service Dundas, Ancaster and the Greater Hamilton Area.