Coping with a death in the family is a painful experience, with many decisions involved in the days following the event. Choosing whether your loved one should have a cremation or burial service depends on a myriad of personal, cultural, and religious factors. Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home has been serving the families of Cincinnati for over a century, and they understand the variables involved.
While they suggest that families consider the wishes of the deceased, they understand that this is not always possible, as sometimes these wishes are not communicated. If you are struggling to decide whether to have a burial or a cremation for yourself or for a loved one, here are some factors to consider:
- Expense: Cremation is typically a more affordable option than a burial, eliminating the expense of a casket and a full-size cemetery plot. However, if you or your loved one prefer a burial, Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home will make the process as cost-effective and compassionate as possible.
- Religious Beliefs: Some religions, such as Orthodox Judaism, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and Islam, prohibit cremation. Some Christians, for example, believe that burial in the ground is a symbol of Jesus Christ’s burial and resurrection. Other religions, such as Hinduism, believe that cremation can help the soul in its journey to the next life. Consider the religion involved when making a decision between these two options.
- The Environment: Cremation is generally considered to be more environmentally friendly than burial. However, depending on the method of cremation, the process can sometimes release harmful emissions. If you have environmental concerns, Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home can help you understand your options.
- Location Of Remains: While many families take comfort in being able to visit the burial site of their departed loved ones, one potential downside of a burial is that if you ever move away, you won’t be able to access this memorial as easily. Cremated remains, on the other hand, can be stored in an urn at home, scattered on the ground or over the ocean, or buried in a cemetery, giving you more flexibility.
Still have questions about whether to choose cremation or burial? The caring staff at Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home can help guide you through this decision. Call them today at (513) 921-4144 or visit their website.