cremation vs burial

cremation vs burial

When the time comes to pre-plan your own funeral arrangements or organize those of a loved one, you may find yourself deciding between a burial or cremation. Each choice has its own pros and cons and also depends on your religious beliefs, priorities, finances, traditions and family situation. Below, we break down the differences between the two and the benefits of choosing one over the other.  



  • The most traditional option, burial honors many religious beliefs. This choice also often speaks to family tradition and helps families and communities to grieve together.

Memorial Space

  • A family plot or individual site gives families a location to return to honor the memory of those who have passed. Having a spot to visit and remember the deceased can be very important to surviving family members. 


  • Burial gives families the opportunity to lay their loved one to rest. The process of lowering the deceased into the ground can be comforting and feel natural to many.


Memorial Service Options

  • Cremations can be combined with customary memorial services. Your loved one can be prepared for a traditional viewing at the funeral home prior to cremation. A wide range of memorial service options are available.


  • Ashes are easier to manage and give families more time to plan a memorial. Remains can also be easily transported to another location that is easier for the family to gather.


  • Ashes can be buried or entombed at a conventional cemetery. Families often choose to place the ashes in a display urn located in a venerated area of the home or encase them in special decorative jewelry to always have a reminder near.  Scattering of ashes in a special place is a newer practice to cherish a loved one.

Deciding what is best for you and your family can sometimes be difficult. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both options and find a solution that works for you. Contact us here