Is Burial or Cremation The Better Choice for You?

By: Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services
Monday, September 3, 2018

Choosing between burial and cremation is a deeply personal decision, and one that is often difficult. If you're planning you’re a funeral for yourself or for a loved one who left no final wishes, there are a number of issues to consider when choosing between burial and cremation. Let’s take a look at the major pros and cost of each.

Why choose burial?

  • Burials are more traditional. Most of us grew up knowing burials as the default form of how we say goodbye to the deceased, and for many it just seems natural. In the African American culture, burial has long been preferred over cremation, although that trend is changing.  
  • They’re more widely accepted. Burials are the most widely-accepted option, so you’re unlikely to offend or upset anyone by choosing burial. This option conforms to most Judeo-Christian religious traditions as well, and this can be important, especially if the deceased followed one of these religions.
  •  Burials are seen as more personal. Many people feel that a full funeral is the best way for them to mourn, deal with grief and get closure on their bereavement. They see burial as more personal because they’re able to choose a headstone, casket, gravesite and location of the service.
  • You have a place to visit. Family members and loved ones often derive a great amount of comfort from having a specific place to go to remember their loved one.

Why choose cremation?

  • Cremation is generally less costly than burial. Direct cremation is also an option and is the least costly means of disposition. In this case, the body is simply cremated and the ashes are provided to the bereaved.
  • It’s better for the environment. Traditional burial is not environmentally friendly, due to caskets, burial vaults and embalming chemicals entering the ground. In addition, many municipal cemeteries and churchyards are maxed out and cremations take up virtually no space.
  • You can decide what to do with the ashes. There are a number of options to remember a loved one by using their ashes. Scattering them in a much-loved place, keeping them in an urn close by, or creating jewelry with them are popular ideas.
  • Cremation allows for more flexibility. If family members live far away, direct cremation takes away the pressure to gather very quickly for a traditional viewing.
  • Even with cremation, a service can be held — something that some people don't realize.

Initially, it may seem like an easy decision as you plan your final send-off. Perhaps you've always preferred cremation, or maybe you always assumed you'd be buried. Whatever your thoughts on the issue, be sure to share them with those you love and ask for their input as you make this very important choice. By discussing your wishes in advance, you can spare your loved ones from having to make difficult decisions during a highly emotional time. If we can be of assistance to you in any way throughout your decision-making process, please contact us. It’s always our pleasure to serve you.

About Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services: As a leading African American-owned and operated funeral and cremation organization serving  three states, Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services has provided a ministry of care to thousands of grieving families. We promise to provide our highest level of distinguished service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved one. In all aspects of the funeral process, we strive to be the absolute best and are honored to help preserve our clients’ legacies for future generations.  For more information, please call us at 215-549-4700 or visit our website.

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