Cremation vs. Burial: A Guide to Knowing What is Right for You
Many people often ponder about how they want to be remembered after they passed away. Which should I get – burial or a cremation?
Here is a list of what to consider:
If the budget is the greatest concern, then cremation is the best option. Although it seems like it would be costly, it’s actually cheaper than preparing a burial. Getting a burial includes payment for embalming, a casket for the body and other significant terms for where the body will be buried. This is all a lot to deal with, compared to preparations for getting cremated.
The first is the cost for the crematorium services, followed by the container for it. It can be taken home with the family, left in the cemetery or scattered. In some parts of the world, scattering the ashes of a person is not allowed unless given permission. The payment should amount to what is done with the ashes, which is most likely less costly than getting a burial.
•Religion and Traditional Beliefs.
There are some spiritual practices in the death of a person that some religions require to do. These traditions may affect the choice of getting cremated or having a burial. Hinduism, for example, mandates cremation. In this situation, there isn’t a better choice.
This is the exact opposite to the Islam faith. For Muslims, it is forbidden to have any kind of practice for the body except for burial. It is because they have very strict rites. This usually includes a ritual for bathing and clothing the body, funeral prayers and burying the body in a specific position. These are the basic steps for the ceremony, but they usually differ depending on the region they come from.
Religion is a part of one’s individuality and must be respected. Just remember that in choosing the right option, everything about the individual should be considered, including his or her own traditions.
It is also important to think about the effects of your choice to the environment. Cremating has become increasingly popular, leading to even greater release of harmful gases that come from the burning body. Because of this, people are determined to find an alternative and most found burial to be the answer, but it is not exactly safe for the environment as well. Although it creates no air pollution and direct effects, it still involves the use of harsh chemicals to manage the green grass of cemeteries.
Doing this every day is not also good for the ground, where it can contaminate groundwater. However, comparing this to the effects of cremation makes it a minor problem, and is still effective as an alternative. It also has positive effects, such as keeping the soil fertile. People are still finding ways to improve it to benefit the environment, constantly eliminating the bad effects without disturbing the good ones.
We are all individuals that cope differently to situations. Some people might have a fear from fire and do not like imagining themselves locked up in an incinerator. Being buried alive and being left to decompose might also be one of the common fears, or one might not care about at all.
Viewpoints such as these are part of our individuality, and are always considered when making the decision. The family’s opinion might also be important for a person. If one cannot make up his mind, then he can always seek the opinion of others who are close to him.
Take some time to get to know yourself and what you want to do. Just remember that it is a decision you should make, and not anybody else’s. It’s a good way of keeping your individuality until the very end.