Death is an inevitable part of life. Everyone will go through it and there’s no stopping it should the time come when you have to leave this earth. While most people prefer to think about the life that they have to live it can be also a good idea to think of funeral arrangements in case you meet an early demise. This way you get to have the final say in everything that will happen in your funeral.
One of the most common things that people think of when talking about their funeral arrangement is whether or not they should have their body cremated. Cremation is a process that uses intense heat to reduce your body to ashes. It takes place in a crematory and takes about 5-6 hours to complete. Many people have opted to have their bodies cremated for several reasons. This includes the high cost of having a burial and the like.
If you are thinking of having your body cremated, you might want to look at the pros and cons of cremation before making that decision.
Read through the pros and cons provided below for more information on cremation.
1. Probably the most important reason for getting a cremation is the cost. The cost of having a regular burial complete with coffin, burial ceremony, burial ground and funeral arrangement is around $6,000 to $7,000. A cremation, on the other hand, can range from $1,000 to $2,000 only. From this estimate alone, the traditional burial process costs almost 3 times the cremation cost. In some places where the cost of living is high, the cost of burying the dead can also be higher.
2. You have lots of choices as to what to do with your ashes after cremation. If you chose to have your body cremated, you can still have the traditional burial rites wherein your ashes will be laid on the ground or you can choose to have it stored in a columbarium. A columbarium is a facility that houses ashes of the dead. Most columbarium puts the ashes in individual shelves or cubby holes that are closed by a marble slab with your name and death information in the front. Other columbaria use clear glass to cover the ashes so the loved ones can still see within the shelf or cubby hole.
Other options you might have for your ashes other than having them stored in a columbarium or burying them include planting memorial tree on, having them sprinkled over your favorite place, making jewelry with some of your ashes incased in them and having your ashes at home. There are so many options to choose from.
3. Cremation is considered environment friendly. Cemeteries take up space and the more people die, the more space it needs. This results to having more trees to cut down and expansion of the cemetery that can harm the natural resources. Having a person’s body cremated takes up very little space, even in a columbarium. In some cases a person’s ashes may be sprinkled back to the earth or the sea as the deceased requested and won’t take up any space at all.
1. In some religions cremation is a form of mutilation of the body. Some religions believe that the body is only a borrowed vessel that should not be tampered with even in death.
2. Deciding to have a cremation can cause tension and discord between family members of the deceased. Not everyone share the same belief when it comes to burying the dead and it could cause arguments and conflict. Same goes for who will take care of the ashes and where should the ashes lie.
3. In the deceased is a victim of murder once the body gets cremated it can no longer be used for further investigation should the need arise. The forensics team won’t have anything to work with unlike in traditional burial when the body and any evidence that the body might have can still be preserved for a period of time.
4. The cremation process uses heat for over 5 hours. This process uses fossil fuel which can release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Whatever you decide to do with your body on your death will all depend on you. Make sure that you make arrangements in advance and make your final wishes known to all the people concerned. Make it clear to the people that you will leave behind that this is what you want and that they should respect your wishes. This way there won’t be any problem regarding what to do with your body or where to put them.