Often a loved one will leave specific instructions about what they would like to happen after their death, but there are times when close family are faced with making a decision on their behalf. Or perhaps you are thinking about which you may prefer so you can tell relatives what are you wishes are. In either situation it’s important to remember that whether you should cremate or bury is a personal choice. Here are some of the most common reasons why people choose each one.
Cremations are generally considered to be better for the environment and compared to burials they take up very little space. People are also able to use the ashes to help remember their loved one. Sometimes family go to a special place together to scatter them or they can be kept in an urn. On average a cremation usually costs less than a burial too.
Burials provide a site where family and friends can visit their deceased person at any time, which can be a comforting thought after their death. As well as burials in cemeteries, it is also possible to have a natural burial, allowing a loved one to be laid to rest in a place meaningful to them. The process of the burial itself can also help with the grieving process, with the coffin being placed into the ground helping some people to achieve closure.
Joseph C Roberts are an independent family funeral director. From our base in Harrogate, we serve families throughout North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. Our fully qualified team of staff are available to speak to on the telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help make funeral arrangements at a time which suits you best. For more information please contact us on 01423 887824.