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Cremation vs. Traditional Burial: Pro’s & Con’s

Avatar for Ethan Darby Ethan Darby       March 30th, 2020       10:28 am
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In the funeral industry, it is no question that cremation has become a popular option for families across the country. In 2018 the national cremation rate was greater than 53%, and CANA (Cremation Association of North America) predicts that by 2023, the national cremation rate could top 59%. The industry is quickly adjusting to this new normal to be sure we are meeting consumers’ needs.

When we meet with families, we often find that they either don’t understand or can’t agree upon their needs when it comes to cremation vs. traditional burial. It is important to educate yourself on the pro’s and con’s of each to make sure your needs and the needs of your loved ones are met when a method of disposition is chosen.

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Traditional Burial

Traditional burial has been the most common method of disposition for centuries. People tend to choose traditional because of personal preference or religious reasons.

Pro’s

  • Keep tradition within the family
  • The peace of mind that the deceased loved one’s remains are left in tact
  • Traditional burial often provides the closure families look for after a death. Loved ones know the body is protected and preserved in a casket and burial vault.
  • It is hard to beat the finality of a traditional graveside service. You can say it is the final touch for all the services the funeral home provides.

Con’s

  • The cost of the casket, burial vault, and grave space can be higher than the alternative.
  • Limited options for location of disposition. Legally, a loved one can only be buried in a cemetery. Also once they have been buried, they can be relocated, but it is often expensive and can be emotionally taxing.

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Cremation

Cremation is becoming increasingly popular across the country. There are many benefits for those that can wrap their head around the realities of this method of disposition.

Pro’s

  • Less expensive than the alternative.
  • Flexible method of disposition. Cremated remains can be buried, placed in permanent niches, taken home in urns, divided amongst family members, or scattered
  • Cremation tends to be viewed as being more environmentally friendly than burial

Con’s

  • Can be perceived negatively, depending on your beliefs or personal preference.
  • Once the body has been cremated, it cannot be undone.
  • Cremation tends to be linked with no services or permanent resting place.

The last “Con” for cremation is an important one. Many of the pro’s and con’s listed above are very subjective, but across the industry, funeral professionals agree on the importance of service and a permanent resting place. Whether it be a funeral service, visitation, or graveside committal, all are important in their own way.

Funeral services give opportunities for friends and family to share memories and celebrate a lost loved one’s life.

Visitations allow members of the community to gather, show support to the family, and grieve together.

Graveside services are the final step in this initial part of the grieving process. This helps give the close family and friends the closure they need to begin a healthy journey of healing.

Permanent resting places ensure you will always have a place to go to remember your lost loved one. When remains are taken home or scattered, there is a lot of long-term uncertainty. Favorite parks can be turned into parking lots and urns that sit on your shelf may not have any value once you are gone.

Hopefully, the information above has helped you form your own opinion about the final disposition for you or your loved ones. No matter which method you choose, I also hope you’ll consider making services and a final resting place priorities in your planning.

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Ethan Darby

Ethan is the Marketing Director for Trigard Vaults, Trigard Memorials, Hall of Fame Plaques & Signs, and Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Park. He graduated from Illinois State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration before becoming the second member of the 4th generation of the Darby family to join the family-owned company. His experience within the company includes memorial manufacturing, cemetery retail, national cemetery and vault sales, along with plant and customer service management. In his free time, Ethan enjoys hiking, kayaking, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife, Keri, and his daughters, Sawyer and Olivia.

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