Having to decide between cremation and a traditional ground burial is one of the biggest decisions a family will make when preparing funeral arrangements for their loved one. There are pros and cons to both options and it is important to weigh these options when deciding which burial option is best for your family.
In recent years, cremation rates have been on the rise. A recent study commissioned by the Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC,) reported that 65% of Americans are definitely or likely to choose being cremated.
The primary reason for why many individuals are making the decision to be cremated is the cost. On average cremation costs tend to be lower than those associated with a traditional burial.
Some of the common benefits associated with cremation include:
- The ability to have a funeral service and burial before or after.
- On average, it is less costly than burial.
- Direct cremation helps cut down on costs associated with the visitation and funeral service.
- It’s quicker. Making these decisions can be a difficult and time consuming ordeal, especially when doing so during your time of loss.
- It is frequently considered more environmentally friendly and takes up less land. This helps with growing industrialization and prevents overcrowding in cemeteries.
- Cremation provides more flexibility in terms of memorialization. You have the option to bury the ashes in a burial plot or in a mausoleum, scatter the ashes or place in a portable urn.
- Families have more time to decide what to do with the ashes after the body has been cremated. Ideas include scattering ashes, interment, cremation jewelry, cremation diamonds and cremation art are just a few.
However, with cremation, it is important to remember that this is a permanent option and can not be reversed. This is an extremely personal decision to be made and should have been directed by the deceased individual in the will or by the closest family members available. While cremation may be the ideal option for those because of its cheaper cost, it is also important to follow your deceased loved one’s desires for their funeral arrangements and memorialization.
Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery is here to help you with the process of deciding whether cremation is the right option for your family. We offer ground burial, cremation burial, mausoleum burial, master lots, build to suit estates, burial vaults as well as memorials and monuments. We are a non-profit cemetery located at 6100 Three Notch Road in Mobile, Alabama. Give us a call at 251-661-1333, visit us online at www.mobilememorialgardens.org or on our Facebook page.