Hi everyone, my name is AnaMae Merton. I recently lost my birth parents during a heavy storm. Their deaths left me reeling, though we were not very close. Furthermore, I was the only surviving kin, so it was my job to arrange the funerals for both of them. The funeral arrangement process was incredibly difficult without knowing much about their personalities or passions. I struggled to find the best songs, outfits, caskets, burial sites and flowers. Luckily, the funeral director helped me identify suitable options for my birth parents' funerals. I hope to help people understand all of the different funeral arrangement options available today. Please visit my site anytime to learn more.
If you have always thought you wanted to be buried when you pass but you are now considering cremation services as an alternative, you want to know the benefits of cremation before making your final decision. If you don't want to spend a ton of money on your final arrangements and you would rather leave that money to your children or to the people you will be leaving behind, consider the following benefits to cremation over traditional embalming and burial.
Eliminate Embalming Costs
The cost to embalm a body is much more expensive than the cost to be cremated. You will have to pay not only for the body to be embalmed, but also for the body to be prepared with makeup and other things. It has to be embalmed before it is put in the casket, regardless to if you are having a showing or not.
It can also be difficult to get a body across a state border before it's embalmed if the service or grave plot is in a different state, so you may need to have the body embalmed and then crossed over the state border, so you'll have to pay for the embalming and then transportation fees.
Lower Funeral Costs
With cremation you don't need to have multiple times for people to come see the body, which lowers the amount of time you need to have the funeral home space. You also don't have to pay for a casket, vault, or even a headstone if you don't want to put the ashes in the ground.
Avoid Long Term Maintenance
Your family members will need to maintain your grave site after you are gone, making sure that there aren't dead flowers or weeds around the headstone if you are buried. This can be inconvenient if they don't live around the burial location, and it may seem unnecessary. With your ashes in an earn they can keep you close and they don't have to worry about maintaining a piece of property for you.
If there is somewhere that you like to go or be, you can request that you have your ashes spread in that spot when you past, and then your family will be at peace with your final resting place. If you don't want to waste thousands of dollars when you pass and you want to be cremated instead of buried, have your will changed and layout what you want.