Planning one’s funeral is not what we all do daily. So when we do plan it, we may be confused about which form of final body disposition we want, especially considering the family’s situation. The process of mourning demands time and energy that leaves little room for anything else. Hence, it’s better to make plans before the final disposition. And while we’re on the topic of final dispositions, the options available include cremations and burials. Is either method better than the other? Keep reading for insight into the matter.
WHAT ARE CREMATIONS?
Cremation is a body disposition method that involves incinerating the body in an industrial furnace to reduce the body to chemical compounds such as ashes or gases, known as cremains. To honour your loved ones, you can have the cremains in an urn or other container, at memorial sites, or inside a columbarium. Cremation is considered more effective when compared to traditional burial; it is not as time-exhausting as conventional burial, and it is less expensive. The negative perception people hold about cremation stem from the fire-related methods of disposing of the body. Cremation is, however, more than that.
TYPES OF CREMATION
Direct cremation is a process of cremation in which heat is used to reduce the body to bone fragments. It requires the removal of any medical devices in the body, metal, or pacemaker. A direct cremation can be done without funeral service or casket purchase. Therefore, this is the cheapest type of cremation.
Liquid and Green Cremation (Aquamation)
Liquid cremation is a water-based process scientifically known as “alkaline hydrolysis.” This is a process of cremation in which water and alkali are used to speed up decomposition. Liquid cremation consumes very little energy, and any medical devices may remain in the body. Environmentally conscious people subscribe to alkaline hydrolysis in place of the conventional procedure because of its environmental benefits.
WHAT ARE BURIALS?
Burial is a ritual of placing the body of the loved ones inside the ground with their valued objects. One may need to buy a coffin or casket to put the body in before it is lowered into the ground. The way burial is carried out is different across cultures and places. Some people use burial and funeral interchangeably. A funeral is a ceremony held to honour, sanctify and remember the dead. A funeral is cultural-oriented. The ceremony is held regarding the existing culture of the society. As some offer prayers, some may burn the body, mummification, etc.
ARE CREMATIONS BETTER THAN BURIALS?
Have you wondered why there’s a rise in cremation popularity in recent years? Or why do people go for cremation rather than the traditional burial process? Can we infer that cremation is better than a burial? If so, what makes cremation better than a burial?
The reports of the poor condition of churchyards and burial grounds with many corpses and graves that are too shallow are becoming alarming. This is because there is little room for more dead bodies in the churchyards and graveyards due to the rapid urban population growth. Cremation, on the other hand, promotes a hygienic and sanitary environment. Choosing any of the types of cremation is a hygienic and clean process.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND MEDICAL IMPLICATIONS
The medical discovery of burial’s implication on human health is quite revealing. Inhumation interacts with nature and returns nutrients to the life cycle. However, if the burial ground is situated in a hydrological environment, there would be contamination of groundwater and soils. In fact, decomposition may be inhibited, leading to social problems and escalating economic and political issues. People living in the area may be prone to microorganisms and bacteria that could cause harm to their health. Cremation doesn’t pose such a potential threat that may cause environmental impacts and public health risks.
People often choose cremation over burial because of the cost. Although extra charges may come up, depending on if you want a ceremony to accompany the cremation, they are still substantially cheaper than burials. Cremation held at a funeral home price is within the range of $2,000 to $3,000. Do not be surprised if the prices are slightly lower when handled directly through a crematory. It could range from $1,500 to $3,000. This estimation depends on the state you are from. Despite the variation in cost as it depends on the service planned and the type of service chosen, cremation’s average price is much lower than the average cost of a burial service – an average of $10,000.
FLEXIBILITY AND PORTABILITY
Cremation is more flexible and portable. Cremains, ashes, or gases are easier to deal with in comparison to tangible remains. One would not have to rush with cremains, unlike burials, because of the perishability of the remains. Cremation, therefore, gives the chance to adequately plan a ceremony in a place and at a time that’s convenient for everyone in the family. With a traditional burial, you don’t have that much flexibility. Of course, you’d have a place to visit with the family in order to remember the deceased. However, have you considered that cemeteries have strict rules? Even the type of monument you can have, mode of remembrances like flowers, regulations of camera usage on the ground, and hours among others, can be restricted to the loved ones who want to visit their deceased person.
At Templeton Family Funerals, we provide exclusive cremation services in varieties, be it an immediate need or advanced planning. Do you want a simple and affordable funeral service? Templeton Family Funerals will assist you in granting your wishes by planning your funeral at a fixed price. This will ensure your peace of mind and lift the burden off your family. Feel free to call us anytime you need our services.