Cremation vs. Burial: How to Decide Which is Best?

By: David Tindall
Monday, May 16, 2016

End of life decisions are tough to make, especially if you're making them on behalf of a deceased loved one who didn’t leave any instructions regarding his or her wishes. One of the major decisions you'll have to make is whether you want to go with a burial or cremation, and having all the facts can certainly help make the choice easier.

Both cremation and burial are age-old human traditions, and both are safe methods of caring for the body of a deceased person. In the end, therefore, it comes down to personal wishes or the preferences of grieving friends and family, as well as a few other factors, including:

  • Cost
  • Environmental considerations
  • Religious, spiritual, and philosophical beliefs
  • Convenience

What’s the Impact on the Environment?

While cremation is often thought of as an environmentally friendly way of dealing with human remains, it isn't the greenest choice when it comes to end of life decisions. For one, cremating a body requires fossil fuels to power the crematory.

More and more funeral homes and cemeteries are offering green burials, which mitigate the environmental impact of a burial.

Other Things to Consider

Some religions have injunctions against cremation while it’s the standard for others, so if you're making a decision on behalf of a deceased loved one, you may want to look into his or her spiritual beliefs to see if religious traditions can offer guidance for your decision.

Regardless of the choice you make between cremation and burial; it’s important to note that you can still have the memorial service of your choice, such as a traditional funeral or a celebration of life. If you're making these decisions as part of your own funeral planning, be sure to express your wishes to a loved one. If you're making arrangements for a funeral around Syracuse, NY, contact Tindall Funeral Home today to discuss your options or start the planning process

 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Ideas for Memorializing Your Loved One After The Service

Tindall Funeral Home has been around since 1904 and is located in Syracuse NY. We have always been dedicated to providing our services to those going through challenging times. Our reputation ...

The Physical Symptoms of Grief and How to Handle Them

When you are dealing with the death of a loved one, the grief and sorrow that you feel can manifest themselves in a number of different ways. These emotions aren’t easy to understand no matter how ...

Should I Pre-Pay for My Funeral?

It isn’t uncommon for people to feel uncomfortable at the thought of death and very few will discuss the idea of their own death. However, today the concept of pre-paying for funerals is becoming m...

The Importance of Honoring Your Loved One’s Final Wishes

It can be very overwhelming to deal with the death of a loved one. Family and close friends of the departed soul have a tough time with managing their grief and all the planning and organizing of t...

4 Simple (But Important) Things to Know about Funeral Costs

Most people don’t think about funeral expenses or the process involved so they are easily overwhelmed when they’re forced to organize one. It’s not uncommon for people to overspend, make poor choic...

Grief - What is Normal?

If you are dealing with the death of a loved one for the very first time and are wondering whether you grief is normal, read on... When it comes to healing, people deal with grief in different ways...

Steps Involved In The Funeral And Final Disposition Planning Process

Planning a funeral can be a difficult process, and there is no way you can prepare for it. At times, it can be overwhelming and pretty stressful as well. The better prepared you are, the easier it ...

5 Memorable Ways to Honor Your Loved One Once They’ve Passed On

Our family and friends have a major impact on our everyday lives. When a family member or dear friend passes away, honoring their memory is something you want to do. Every person uses different met...

Funeral Etiquette 101

Funerals are solemn affairs full of grieving individuals. This means people are sensitive and can be easily offended, which is why it’s important for attendees to follow funeral etiquette carefully...

Understanding the Cremation Process

Cremation has become a popular choice in the recent years because it is both affordable and convenient. However, many still hesitate to make the choice because they don’t understand the cremation p...