Cremation and burial are both extremely ancient forms of dealing with the deceased. Today, there is more religious and cultural flexibility and people can choose from either of these two forms as per their preferences. Many are torn between these two choices. Consider the points mentioned below to decide which option is better suited to your preferences:
1. Cremation Is Permanent
A body that has been buried can be exhumed if needed as burials are not permanent. In comparison, a burial is permanent. The body is reduced to ashes eliminating all biological matter during the process. Cremation isn’t advisable if there is any doubt about the person’s identity or the circumstances of their death
2. Religious Sentiments
The religious sentiments of the family members and the decedent should be taken into consideration while making this decision. Cremation was banned by the Catholic Church until the 1960’s and they still have a dim view of it. Fundamentalist Christians and Baptists denominations do not permit this practice.
However Adventist and Methodist denominations do. Judaism also forbids this practice, however modern Jews are much more accepting of this form. Sikhism accept both options but prefer cremation while Eastern religions like Buddhism and Hinduism approve of it.
3. Post The Cremation/Burial
If a person is buried you can always visit the grave site. This helps you find a way to connect with your loved one; many find this comforting. Cremation also offers a form of solace if you bury the ashes in a cemetery or store them in an urn. Many members of a family opt to house funeral urns at a columbarium. They can visit this place for comfort.
Considering these aspects will help you make the best decision. If you have queries about the cremation process or need to arrange a cremation, feel free to contact us at Simply Cremations and Funeral Services today and we will provide you all the assistance you need.