Many people decide to plan for the end of their life so they can share their wishes with loved ones before passing, including whether they prefer burial or cremation. This makes the process easier when loved ones are grieving and offers individuals the opportunity to make their own choices. If you or a loved one are trying to choose between cremation and burial, you should know some of the benefits this unique option offers. Below, Minges Funeral Home in Harrison, OH, shares three to help you decide what’s best.
Keep These Cremation Benefits in Mind When End-of-life Planning
1. Lower Cost
For many families, cost is a major part of end-of-life planning. Burial requires the price of a casket, a plot, a headstone or grave marker, and cemetery fees. Cremation typically requires only the cost for cremation services and an urn—a casket is optional. Because of these differences, cremation can be considerably less expensive than burial.
2. Less Environmental Impact
Cemeteries have rules in order for a person to be buried. These often involve having a casket and a concrete burial vault. Combine these resources with the chemicals used in the embalming process and it becomes clear that burial is not exactly a green option. Cremation may be the best idea if you want a more eco-friendly choice. Today’s crematoriums have low emissions, so they aren’t polluting the air. Plus, this method is chemical-free.
For many families, it’s not possible to have a funeral or memorial service within a week or so of a person’s death. In order to have more time to put together a meaningful, personal service you might want to opt for cremation instead. A person can be cremated shortly after death and then kept in an urn or another container until loved ones can set up a beautiful service. Plus, an urn is easy to transport to another country so long as you have the correct paperwork for travel.
Cremation offers a lower-cost, eco-friendly option for those who want to have more time to plan a celebration of life. Consider talking this choice over with your loved ones to see if cremation is the best option for you. To speak with the compassionate and experienced funeral directors at Minges Funeral Home to learn more about cremation and burial, call (513) 367-4544. Visit the website for information on their funeral planning services and grief and guidance resources.