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Burial or Cremation - How To Make The Decision

Apr 12, 2008
One of the decisions to be made when our beloved one passes away is to decide if the deceased should be buried. On the other hand, another option will be cremation. It is certain that making such decision will never be easy. Of course the wishes of the deceased have to be considered in such cases.

If the deceased passes ways out of a sudden death, it is inevitably that the decision has to be made by the others. Usually the family members will take the role to make the decision. Since the funeral is not pre-planned in such case, the family members will also need to decide on all other aspects of the funeral.

Sometimes cremation will be preferred over burial. If the deceased is seriously injured in an accident, cremation will usually be the only option. This is especially true if family members of the deceased cannot be contacted for some time after the accident.

Of course there are also cases that burial is preferred. In this case, a casket will be bought. This can be treated as a "home" for the deceased to live forever and extra attention has to be made when purchasing the casket.

Both burial and cremation are very common ways to deal with the remains. As a matter of fact, it is totally true that no one will be willing to make the decision on the choice between burial and cremation. However, it becomes an obligation when our beloved passes away.

On the other hand, the choice between cremation and burial can be made a bit easier if there are religious reasons. If the teaching of Buddhism is followed, cremation will usually be the choice. Yet the choice will be made according to the teaching of the religion that the deceased believes in. It will be just like the deceased has already made the decision beforehand.

Most people will consider burial will be an easier decision. The reason for this is that the gravestone can be visited in later time. It will be always good to visit the gravestone as a memory of the deceased. In such case the idea of burial will normally be preferred.

In most cases the decision on whether the remains of the deceased should be buried or cremated is a difficult decision. Of course it will be a lot easier if some kind of religious teaching can be followed. This is based on the idea that the deceased believe in some religions. However, the best case will be having the funeral pre-planned. The deceased will make the decision on this issue beforehand. This will greatly help since the family members will not need to make such difficult decision in case the deceased passes away.
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Jill Essy is an author. She has a website on Planning for Funeral. Be sure to check the article Bereavement Verses .
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