In this life, we are not given the luxury to choose how or when we should die. What we can do is to be ready for what may come. Yes, it is true that we may leave this life in the way that we do not want, but we can always prepare on what we can do with our bodies when the time comes that we need to leave this planet.
Conventionally, most people follow the traditional departing service, which is to bury the body in the ground. Nowadays, however, people are offered the option to cremate their earthly remains. Both have its advantages and disadvantages in many aspects, and to decide with assurance, it is proper to fully know the details of each funeral service first.
Burial and Cremation Overview:
Burying the body is the simplest way of “disposing” it. In traditional burial, the body is buried deep in the ground, usually at six feet minimum. In due time, with the help of organisms underneath the ground, both microscopic and macroscopic, the body will be reduced and only the skeletons will remain. It is often buried at memorial parks and is marked with tombstone for identification.
On the other hand, cremation entails burning the body until it is reduced to its basic components: ashes, gases and mineral fragments. The remains will be powder in form and weighs significantly lower than the whole non-cremated body. After cremation, the ashes are usually placed in an urn. This urn can be buried, interred in memorial sites, or retained at the family’s house. Furthermore, the ashes can be scattered at selected location.
Cost of Services and Goods:
Generally, cremation costs less than the traditional burial method. In cremation, the basic package only include the incineration process itself and the urn to use as canister for the remains. The conventional services and visitation can still be observed, but it is usually a smaller event, lowering the cost. Additionally, land space, which is usually bought at memorial parks, can be omitted. Because of these economic benefits of cremation, the pricing has been the single most factor on why burning the intact remains of the dead is steadily gaining popularity.
Burial method, on the other hand, can still be quite inexpensive, but never cheaper than cremation. If one wants his body to be buried but does not want to spend too much money, he can choose a funeral home, which caters to people with relatively low budget. To lessen the costs of burial, you may opt for lessened visitation and services and smaller burial land. You may also choose low-priced materials for caskets, tombstones, and other decorations.
Whether you choose cremation or the conventional way, we are here to help and we can be flexible when it comes to your budget. We serve people even when they have limited budget while still assuring quality memorial services.
Honoring the departed is a special and sensitive event especially for the deceased and his family. Because of this, it is recommended to carefully consider personal beliefs and principles before deciding whether to cremate the body or bury it.
In considering personal opinions, it is important to make a compromise with family members and other loved ones. Of course, the wishes of the deceased should be granted, but do not forget that the family will be the one grieving. Because of this, it is important to get their inputs regarding the funeral method. Some people, especially older ones, are not yet accustomed to the idea of burying the body. Because of this, it is important to explain to them its advantages, and make them aware of your want to be cremated. Otherwise, you may just gratify them of their request to have your body buried.
Lastly, another personal consideration, which involves serious decision-making is the religious or cultural affiliation of the deceased. Each religion and culture has its own way of saying goodbye to its member, and it is only right to observe their customs properly. For example, it is not acceptable for Islam, Orthodox Judaism and the Eastern Orthodox Church to have its members’ bodies cremated.
Moreover, when burying, some also follow certain methods and steps that their beliefs require. When you choose us to give you your final service, you have an assurance that you will be dealing with a knowledgeable team who knows about different customs. We will not accept offers if we are not certain of what we are doing.