Burial or Cremation?

Key Points

  • Check if the deceased expressed a preference in their Will or any pre-planning documentation.
  • Cremation usually costs less than a burial, except when a grave has been pre-purchased.
  • Consider your plans for the future and moving locations. You can take cremation ashes with you, whereas this is not possible with a burial.

Burial

There are many reasons for choosing a burial including – Burial is traditional within your family, religious belief, or geographical location. You do not like the idea of the deceased being cremated. You prefer to have the deceased slowly return to the elements.…

Scattering of Ashes Options

Scattering is an irreversible process and some families may regret (at a later date), having scattered all of their loved one’s ashes at the same time. Consider if you want to have a ‘once only’ scattering, or do you want to keep some ashes…

Burying or Entombment of Ashes

Many families choose to honour the memory of the deceased by creating a place to visit and reflect on their life, and this can sometimes help the bereaved to come to terms with the reality of death.  They can also become a point…

Storage of Ashes

The long term storage of ashes can be provided for in a variety of personalised forms, (Urns, Jewellery, Memorial Frames, Teddy Bears, etc.). These items are basically sealed ‘containers’ that are meant to hold the cremated remains of the deceased. Purchasing a cremation urn,…

Cremation

Cremation is a simpler process that also helps save ground space, but this is not the case with a burial. Nevertheless, both are regarded as both legal and safe ways of dealing with a deceased person. As it is common today for people to live away from…

Personal Decision

Please check if the deceased expressed a preference in their Will (if there is one in existence), and/or, any pre-planned funeral arrangements/documentation that the deceased may have put in place. Basically, cremation reduces the body to cremated remains within a matter of hours, whereas traditional burial…