It's actually a dilemma more common than you might think. One partner wants a traditional cemetery burial with a casket, but the other party wants to be cremated. Yet, both partners want to be buried next to each other at the cemetery.
Is this possible? Do you have to give up on your desire to be cremated to be with your loved one? Not necessarily. Here's what you need to know.
Cremated Remains & a Casket Can Be Buried at the Same Plot
If you have bought a plot for you and your partner, you do not have to choose the same method of interment. In fact, a casket and a cremation container can be buried in the same plot, just as you would expect if you were to bury two caskets in the plot.
Some cemeteries allow one partner to be buried on top of the other, whereas others bury spouses side by side. If you are uncertain about what your cemetery allows, now is a good time to speak with a funeral director to learn more.
But You Don't Have To Be Buried Either
Even if you and your spouse have already purchased a cemetery plot, you do not have to be buried next to him or her.
There are other options for scattering or storing cremated remains, so you can be cremated and have your ashes scattered in a place that is special to you. If you want, your spouse can be buried in the cemetery and you may have your ashes scattered there as well.
This Is an Important Discussion to Have
While it might be difficult to talk about your plans for after death, this is an important conversation to have with your partner. It can help put their mind at ease to know what you want and help them make any necessary arrangements.
If you want to be cremated and your spouse wants to be buried, you should make sure everybody is familiar with your desires so they do not make assumptions. This is also something you can discuss with a funeral provider ahead of time.
It's Not too Early to Plan Your Cremation
Even if you are in good health, it's not too early to start thinking about your plans for after death—such as cremation. You can even make arrangements now so that your spouse does not have to make these decisions after you are gone.