When deciding on a funeral service for your loved one, one of the biggest questions you’ll face is whether you want to cremate or have a traditional burial. While some religions, like Hinduism, mandate cremation, and others, like Islam, require burial, there are other elements to consider.
The average cost of a burial is between $7,000-$10,000, but with luxury or extra wide caskets, this price can easily skyrocket. Some caskets even cost tens of thousands of dollars.
The cemetery plot is another expense you’ll have to consider. Plots can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. When you visit the grave of your loved one, you’ll want to have a beautiful cemetery to visit. The average cost of a plot in the US is around $1,000, but a plot at a higher end cemetery can easily cost upwards of $8,000 dollars, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for a family mausoleum. In urban areas, cemeteries take up much needed space, so plots cost even more.
When planning a traditional burial you’ll have to organise (and pay for) a number of different elements including:
Cremation, on the other hand, eliminates at least half of these expenses and the hassle of coordinating them. To put this into perspective, the average cost of a cremation is only around $1,000.
Most caskets are hardly environmentally friendly. Modern caskets, although usually made of wood, are finished with chemicals and sealed with glues you definitely don’t want leaking into the soil. Plenty of caskets are also lined with artificial materials that are not biodegradable. On the other hand, cremation doesn’t take up space or pollute the earth.
For environmentalists and nature lovers, cremation is the go-to choice. Not only is it better for the environment, but cremation can be customised to integrate nature into the service. Whether you bury the ashes of your loved one with a tree sapling, or scatter their ashes into the ocean, nature can be a beautiful addition to a ceremony in a way that just isn’t possible with traditional burial.
When planning a funeral service, you want it to be as unique and memorable as your loved one; having a meaningful service is an important part of the healing journey. But if you’re planning a traditional burial, customisation can start to cost thousands of dollars.
When it comes to cremation, customising won’t break the bank. Cremation services can be held virtually anywhere, unlike a traditional funeral, while unique art urns cost less than a few hundred dollars, as opposed to thousands of dollars for a casket. With cremation, you also don’t have to travel to visit your loved one’s grave; their memorial can even be kept in your home. Not only will cremation save you money and time, it also opens up new doors of creativity that can actually help you and your family heal.