Would you rather be cremated or buried? | The Tylt
For the first time, more Americans would rather be cremated than buried. Cremations are cheaper and can be interred at a cemetery. For a lot of people, that's all they need. They'll be dead, so it doesn't really matter what happens to their body. Others prefer being buried in order to go through with the traditional process of a funeral. It's a permanent resting place and gives a family a place to visit. What do you think?
Would you rather be cremated or buried?
For many people, burials are the only way to go. Many religions, like Roman Catholicism, prefer their believers to be buried.
For the non-religious, burials remain important because they're a tangible way for family and friends to come and share in their memory. It's not for the sake of the person being buried but for everyone else. Tim Lott writes for the Guardian about why he's choosing to be buried:
Ironically, my father had no interest in his own mortal remains. He was quite happy to be put on a bonfire in the back garden. Yet even he, arch-pragmatist that he was, wept a tear when I took him, when writing my memoir, The Scent of Dried Roses, to visit his own mother's grave. "Oh, Mum," I heard him murmur. "I haven't seen you for such a long time."
There was a communion there. And that communion is precious, and although I respect those who make other choices, I am glad that I have somewhere to go to honour my father – as I hope one day others will come together to remember me. Not for my sake, but for theirs.
A growing number of Americans are choosing cremation instead because it's a cheaper and easier process. You don't have to worry about embalmment, finding a proper casket, getting a headstone or buy real estate for your body. At the low end, a traditional American funeral costs roughly $7,000. In contrast, adirect cremation, where the body is not embalmed or viewed, costs $1,100.
Cremation is the best of both worlds. If you want your ashes to be scattered at your favorite place, that can be done! If you want your ashes to be interred to give a place for your family to visit, that can be done too! There are even options to shoot ashes into the sky as fireworks—or into space.