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Cremation or Burial: Making the Choice
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Should you choose cremation or burial for your loved one or yourself? To make the right decision, the first step is to fully understand each option.
Cremation is the process of incinerating a deceased body, ultimately reducing it to a granular substance referred to as cremated remains or "ashes." A casket or suitable container is still required when cremation is chosen.
Burial is the act of placing the deceased into a casket which is lowered into a grave and covered with earth, or entombed in a crypt above ground.
Factors to consider include:
- Personal choice: Are there positive or negative feelings about each process?
- Range of options: The style of permanent memorial may influence your choice. There are a wide variety of creative solutions for both burial and cremation memorials.
- Comparing cost: While cremation is often considered the less expensive choice, the final costs can vary depending on the options chosen.
- Religion or tradition: Some cultures or religions specify how the deceased is to be interred.
- Spouse’s wishes: When preferences differ, there are options for couples who want to be together forever.
Whether burial or cremation is chosen, a visitation, funeral and reception gives us the chance to say goodbye, and honour a loved one the way they want to be remembered. There are many options to make the final ceremonies as special as the person being celebrated.
The infographic below explores how to choose between burial and cremation, with a review of some memorial options, and a guide to celebrating a unique life in a more personal way.