A cremation, or a burial? It’s not a question that will have crossed your mind all that often, and it’s probably something you’d rather not think about. The only certainty in life, however, is death. It’s a topic surrounded by taboo that needs to be broken, and we can do that by discussing the questions such as: Who will you leave your assets to? Will you be buried or cremated? Will you donate any of your legacy to charity? What funeral arrangements would you like?
According to a 2016 YouGov poll, 58% of adults preferred cremation, while only 17% wanted a burial. So, is there a better option? Should we all be opting for a cremation?
Why choose a cremation…
It’s Better for the Environment
When you think about it, it’s really common sense! Cremations take up virtually no space, whereas a burial requires land, of which many cemeteries and churchyards are running out of! In fact, some are having to bury new graves on top of older graves.
They are Less Expensive
Cremations are also the less costly choice, costing an average of £3,311 (with a funeral director) as opposed to £4,257 for a burial. You won’t need to pay for a coffin to bury in the ground either or you can have a direct cremation which is even cheaper. With this there is no ceremony, the body is simply cremated, and the ashes passed over to your family.
You Decide What Happens Next
What happens with your ashes is up to you, you can choose to be scattered or even turned into a diamond ring. These are the decisions which you can finalise in your later stages of life.
But what about a burial?
While cremations are the more popular choice, many people still opt for a burial due to the following reasons…
It’s More Traditional
In some religions, cremation is actually not allowed which restricts individuals to a burial. It’s also the more traditional process which many of us familiarise ourselves with when growing up.
You Can Get Closure
Seeing the casket being lowered into the ground can offer closure for those who are saying goodbye to their loved ones.
You Can Visit the Site
A lot of people like the idea of being able to visit their loved ones in the cemetery at their allotted space. Leaving flowers and spending time at the marked grave can offer comfort to those who are going through the grieving process.
It’s not an enjoyable subject to talk about by any means, but it is important to have a plan in place for when your time is up. When making your will, this a question you will be asked. Of course, you can always change your mind and edit your will later, as long as you’re still in good health. It’s a conversation to have with your family, and better out of the way and done than one that is looming over you.
Updated: November 27, 2018