Whether you’re pre-planning your own funeral or a loved one’s, figuring out all the details can be a daunting and emotional task. There are many aspects of the funeral to take into consideration, but one that is most often discussed is whether cremation should be chosen. Dependent on your religious and personal beliefs, you may still have many unanswered questions about this process. We always want to be able to assist in planning and keep you at ease about your pre-planning decisions. We have put together some helpful information about cremation, including the pros and cons of the process.
Pros of Cremation
- Cremation is often seen as a simpler way to dispose of the remains of a loved one.
- The cremation process is often less expensive as compared to ground burial. Depending on the family’s budget, this option allows the family to feel more at ease financially.
- Memorial options for cremated remains are endless. The cremated remains can be buried, stored in a presentable urn, or even worn in cremation jewelry.
- Cremation is generally regarded as an environmentally friendly solution because it prevents cemeteries from expanding into natural resources.
- If families live apart and cannot return immediately to pay their last tribute to the deceased, cremation is a good option. After the cremation process is over, a memorial service can be planned where all the family members and friends of the deceased can come together to pay their respects.
Cons of Cremation
- The decision of cremation is final. There are no alternative options for disposal of the body. This is not in the case of burial. Even after years, a buried body can be exhumed and cremated on various grounds.
- The process of cremation requires extensive use of fossil fuels which increases carbon dioxide emissions and produce harmful mercury releases into the atmosphere.
- After the cremation process, a question may arise amongst the family members as who will be taking care of the ashes stored inside the urn. If more than one person wants to become a caretaker of the urn, it can cause tension amongst family members. Pre-planning can help avoid these situations.
There are many things to consider when deciding how one should be interred after their death. The most important thing to consider is what would honor the loved one. As always, we encourage you to reach out to Twin Cities Cremation with any questions. It is important for you and your loved ones to prepare for the future and pre-planning a funeral is the first step. What questions do you have about cremation? We would love to hear from you!