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Cremation has been rising in popularity significantly over the last several years. But why are more people choosing to be cremated, rather than opting for a traditional burial and funeral? What are the advantages of cremation? Is it right for you, or for a loved one who is considering their end-of-life options?
In this article, we’ll give you both the pros and cons of cremation, so that you can make a truly informed decision, and choose the right option for your particular situation. Let’s begin.
Understanding The Advantages Of Cremation
Cremation is the process of using a specialized “furnace” to completely burn the remains of a deceased individual, leaving behind only the “cremains”, which are pulverized bone fragments. These cremains are typically placed in an urn, which can then be buried, interred in a mausoleum, or kept in the home. Here are some of the benefits of cremation.
- Less expensive – This is probably the biggest reason that cremation has become so popular. It’s much less expensive than a traditional funeral and burial, particularly one that involves an open casket. Because you do not have to pay for a coffin, a burial, or any kind of monument or grave plot, cremation averages about 1/6th the cost of a traditional burial. Even with a ceremony and funeral, cremation costs much less than the $6000-$7000 of a traditional burial.
- More flexible, and less rushed – The last thing you want to do when you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one is rush the funeral. But this often must be done if you are dealing with perishable remains, and want an open-casket funeral. You must quickly make decisions about a casket, funeral venue, and other details – which is very hard when you’re grieving.
This also may mean that loved ones who live far away may not have enough time to make it to a funeral or memorial, as there simply won’t be enough advance notice for them to make travel arrangements. However, cremation can be conducted as soon as the deceased individual arrives at a Winnipeg crematorium. Then, funeral arrangements can be arranged with less of a rush. You do not have to worry about hurrying, so it’s easier to take the time that you need to plan a memorial.
- Portable – Ashes can go with you or your family anywhere they go. Not only does this mean that they can be transported, it means that you may be able to plan a memorial ceremony in a place that’s easier for friends, family, and loved ones to get to. This gives you more flexibility than a traditional burial.
- You can put the deceased to rest anywhere – You can scatter the ashes of a deceased person anywhere, and lay them to rest in one of their favorite places, which you can revisit any time you want to remember them.
The Drawbacks Of Cremation
Cremation is not a perfect solution for everyone. Here are some of the potential drawbacks:
- Hard to agree if it’s the right choice – If the deceased person did not lay out their preferences, it may be hard to convince family members to cremate them, particularly if they have strong religious beliefs, and are against cremation for those reasons.
- Not available everywhere – You may not be able to find a conveniently-located Winnipeg crematorium. Not every funeral home has one, so you may have to travel and make arrangements for the body, in order to conduct the cremation.
- Arguments about who cares for the ashes – Family tensions may arise, and arguments could start about who is responsible for caring for the ashes of the deceased individual.
Is Cremation Right The Right Option? Decide For Yourself With This List
Hopefully, this list has been beneficial and helped you understand some of the benefits and disadvantages of cremation. Whether you choose a Winnipeg crematorium or a traditional burial, we’re sure you’ll make the right choice for your family or your particular situation.