When a loved one dies, especially if they are young and it was unexpected, family members may find themselves at a loss as to what to do. Most of the time, young adults haven't yet made a will or had a conversation about their final wishes. Here's a look at five things you may not know about cremation and burial.
1. Cremation Is Less Expensive Than A Burial
The typical cost of cremating a body is about one-half to one-third of the cost of a full burial. The rate of cremations is rising every year, and it would appear from the statistics that religious considerations are being overlooked in favor of financial ones. It is expensive to die, and if one didn't have money set aside, life insurance, or a pre-paid funeral plan in place, the lower price of a cremation can be quite attractive.
2. You Can Still Have An Open Casket With A Cremation
Just because you opt for cremation doesn't mean you can't have a traditional funeral service with the body lying in rest for a visitation period. Bodies are frequently cremated in a wooden casket. Many funeral homes also allow you to rent rather than buy a casket for a viewing, and then when the body is cremated, it is moved to an inexpensive container.
3. A Cremation Is Better When The Death Is Unexpected
When someone unexpectedly dies, it can take a lot of time for family and friends to prepare for a funeral. Many may live out-of-state and will need to make their travel arrangements and take time off from work. It also takes time to make the final arrangements.
When a corpse isn't cremated or interred right away, the body must be stored. Long-term storage can add considerably to the final bill. Cremation will alleviate this problem, and it won't matter as much if the funeral is delayed.
4. Burial Is Viewed As More Traditional
A tradition burial is more common among older adults. This may be because some religious affiliations require burial, or it may be just because it has been a tradition for many years. If your loved one wasn't big on tradition, as most young people aren't, or they don't have a religious affiliation preventing it, cremation may be the better option.
5. A Cremation Allows Everyone To Have A Memorial
While an urn is the usual final depository for cremated remains, there are more options nowadays. Many companies now offer jewelry pieces and decorative art option that will provide loved ones with a bit of the remains. For example, glass pendants can be filled with ashes and given to each family member.
For more information, contact a company like Fletcher Funeral Home PA.