Last Updated on October 24, 2016
Why choose cremation over burial? Here are some factors to consider.
1. Cremation is cheaper
Cremation, depending on what other additional options your family chooses, generally costs about 40-80% less than traditional burial.
2. Cremation provides flexibility
If you’re going with traditional burial, nature will take its course so even with embalming you have just a short window of time for a service, any necessary transportation, and burial. With cremation, your options are vastly expanded. Once the cremation has taken place, you can wait a week or 30 years before burying the remains; you can scatter the ashes on top of Mount McKinley, or you can take the time to shop around for the ideal columbarium niche.
3. Cremation uses less land
Often with cremation the remains are kept by the family, stored in a columbarium niche, or scattered. Each of these options saves cemetery ground space. If you are still interested in ground burial but would like to save space, cremation is the best option since the amount of ground space needed is much less than what is needed for a full-size casket.
4. Cremation is better* for the environment
Many ‘traditional’ burials involve embalming, which uses formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, known for its toxicity and volatility.
*However – You can choose a traditional burial without embalming, in order to avoid the use of formaldehyde or other chemical substances. Additionally, the cremation process is not without its own impact on the environment. From the Calgary Co-Operative Memorial Society:
In addition to harmless compounds such as water vapor, emissions include carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen chloride gas, hydrogen fluoride, mercury vapour . Organic compounds such as benzenes, furans, acetone are also emitted and these react with the hydrogen chloride and hydrogen fluoride under combustion conditions to form polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) both of which are carcinogens. A study by the Cremation Association of North America has found that filtering crematorium fumes has little effect on the toxins released. However, when compared to yearly toxin release world wide, crematoriums contribute only a very small fraction of harmful compounds or greenhouse gases. (Source)
5. Cremation allows you to keep your loved one close
Burial or scattering is not necessary; cremation allows you the unique option – no matter where you live – of keeping your loved one close with a beautiful cremation urn.
Here are some more reasons why people choose cremation.
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