The Pros and Cons of Traditional Burial versus Cremation

March 05, 2018

If a deceased loved one did not leave explicit instructions on how they want their final disposition to be handed, you have a choice to make. You can go for a traditional burial which is still the most preferred way in some places, or you can go for the increasingly popular cremation method. This increasing popularity of cremation has led to a debate as to which is better between traditional burials and cremation. The truth is that each has pros and cons and only by learning about them can you make the best choice.

Some religions prefer traditional burials. Some Christian denominations, Islam and Judaism advocate for a burial and some even ban cremation. On the other hand, other religions allow or actually prefer cremation. Some Christian denominations such as Roman Catholic have also relaxed their rules and now accept cremation. Go for the method you are sure is in line with the religious beliefs of your loved one, as it will be a great way to honor them.

Some people prefer burials because they provide a physical place where one can visit during anniversaries or when you miss the person. While cremation does not provide such a place, you will be given the ashes, and you can decide what to do with them. You can keep them at home or place the urn in a special memorial place where you can also visit when you want. Having the remains in an urn is better for people who move around a lot as you can take them with you wherever you go.

If you choose burial, you have a limited choice of where that can happen. You will have a few cemeteries in your vicinity to choose from. Cremation gives you more options as to how you can handle the cremains. You can scatter them at a place the person considered special to them or you can also bury them at a place of your choosing. In other words, cremation provides a way of having your cake and eating it, as you can still have a funeral but at a time and place of your choosing.

When it comes to traditional burial versus cremation, one of the greatest points for cremation is the cost. There are many costs associated with funerals such as buying a casket, paying for the grave plot, buying a headstone, hiring a hearse among many others. With cremation, the main expenses are from the cremation fee, buying an urn and other logistical expenses which come in at way less than those of a funeral.

While both methods are considered environmentally friendly, cremation is slightly better than a burial. One is regarding space, whereby burials will require more land in increasingly crowded cemeteries. Depending on what you do with the cremains, you might not require extra space. Burial grounds are also prone to damage by storms and flooding which is not an issue for cremation.

Cremation also has traditional burials beat when it comes to remembering your loved one. Nowadays you can have cremation jewelry made from the cremains, which you can wear and take with you everywhere you go. This is a great and more convenient way of honoring the memory of your loved one.