Cremation vs. Burial - How to Decide Which is Best

By: Danny Amoruccio
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

When it comes to the final rites, most people have to choose between two options. They can either go for traditional burials or choose cremation. Both burials and cremations are respectful and ancient ways of disposing of a loved one's body, but this choice is both personal as well as difficult. At Willowbrook Cemetery, we always encourage people to consider them carefully. Here are some tips that can help:

How Are They Different?

People who choose burial have access to the body even after the funeral is complete. The body will still be at the burial ground and the remains can be exhumed if needed. Cremation is more permanent and final. Once the body is burned, all that remains are the ashes provided by your funeral home. Cremation isn’t a good choice for disputed deaths.

Costs

Cremations are more affordable because there’s no need to buy a burial plot, headstone, marker, casket, or other such materials. The cremated remains are stored in an urn and can be stored anywhere. You still have the option of burying these ashes in a cemetery and installing a headstone if desired.

Environmental Impact

Most people believe that cremation is more eco-friendly than traditional burials. You are not adding to pollution by using an elaborate casket with non-biodegradable materials. As long as the cremation is carried out in gas crematoriums, it doesn’t cause much harm to the environment.

Respect and Religion

Many people believe that burning a body is disrespectful and against their religious beliefs. Some religious denominations do have a dim view on cremation while many have outright banned it. If religion is important to you or was important for your deceased loved one, consult with your religious order before making a decision.

If you want to know about cemeteries or need to book a space, just give us at Willowbrook Cemetery a call on 203 222 8646 or contact us through our online form.

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