How to Decide Between Cremation and Burial

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When you are planning a funeral, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is whether to choose cremation or burial. This question looms large if you are pre-planning a funeral or if you are planning funeral services for a loved one who has passed. There are several different factors to consider when you are weighing the options. Here are some things to keep in mind as you make your decision.

Religious Beliefs
Some people have strong religious convictions that dictate the way they want to be treated after death, including what kind of ceremony to have and whether to be cremated or buried. Honoring these preferences is usually the first consideration when determining the proper choice regarding funeral services. If you or your loved one have a religious or cultural tie that disapproves of cremation or burial, then the choice is relatively straight forward.

Cost
Cost is a major consideration most people have when they visit a funeral home. Generally, cremation is a less expensive process because you may not require a casket or embalming. However, depending on your choices for a funeral ceremony, these costs are still necessary for cremation. For instance, if you plan to have a viewing at the funeral home or a funeral ceremony before the cremation, embalming will be necessary and you may have to purchase or rent a casket.

Memorialization Preferences
Some people prefer to have a headstone in a cemetery to visit when they want to pay their respects to their loved ones. Others, especially those who live far away from the cemetery, may prefer the ability to keep their loved one close that cremation provides. With cremation, the ashes can be stored in an urn that travels with loved ones, divided among family members, or scattered on a significant place. If you choose cremation but also want a cemetery to visit, you can store the ashes in a mausoleum.

Valley of the Temples funeral home is here to help you make the right choice between burial and cremation in Oahu, HI. When you need our services for a loved one or assistance as you pre-plan a funeral, call us at (808) 239-8811.

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