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Pros and Cons of Cremation Process

Whenever there is a death in the family, the survivors find themselves in a dilemma as whether they should opt for cremation or burial. If the wishes of the deceased are known, then there is nothing to worry about. But things can become really difficult if the decisions are to be made by the surviving members.

A popular choice for many people is cremation. It is the process of exposing the body of the deceased to extreme heat until it is reduced to dry bone fragments which are known as cremated remains. To know about the cremation process in details, visit: www.cremationresource.org.

Pros of Cremation

Here are some pros of cremation:

  • Cremation is a convenient and quick way to handle the body of the deceased. It is up to the surviving family members whether they want a simple cremation service or go for a detailed one.
  • The cremation process is less expensive as compared to ground burial. In 2009, the average cost of a traditional burial was $6,560, while the average cost of a cremation with service and viewing starts was $1,280. The low cost of cremation makes it the cheapest form of human interment. 
  • With cremation, you get a wide array of memorial options. You can go for the traditional burial option where the cremated remains can be buried. Other options are storing the ashes in columbaria, planting a memorial tree, wearing cremation jewelry filled with the ashes of a loved one and so on.
  • Cremation is generally regarded as an environmentally friendly solution because it prevents cemeteries from expanding into natural resources.
  • If families live apart and cannot reach immediately to pay their last tribute to the deceased, then cremation is a good option. After the cremation process is over, a memorial service can be planned where all the family members and friends of the deceased can come together to pay their tribute to the departed soul.
  • Many states will actually cover the cost of cremation for persons who have no prior arrangements or family to help pay for other services.

Cons of Cremation

With the pros of cremation mentioned above, it’s time to look at the cons of cremation as well. Here are some cons of cremation:

  • Once the body of the deceased is reduced to fine bone fragments, there is no other alternative options of disposal of the body. This is not in the case of burial. Even after years, a buried body can be exhumed and cremated on various grounds.
  • The process of cremation requires extensive use of fossil fuels which increases carbon dioxide emissions and produce harmful mercury releases into the atmosphere.
  • When all the family members are not in favor of cremation then it can always become a cause for family tension. This will disrupt the family routine and will create an environment not suitable for growing children.
  • After the cremation process, a question may arise amongst the family members as who will be taking care of the ashes stored inside the urn. If more than one people want to become a caretaker of the urn, then it can cause high tensions between family members, which can result in the family falling apart.
  • There is always the possibility that the ashes belonging to the deceased get lost. If such a thing happens, then the survivor can do nothing about it. Even if the lost urn is traced it cannot be proved whether the ashes placed inside the urn belong to the deceased.

To conclude, when making a final decision regarding whether there should be cremation or not, it is always a good idea to consider both the pros and cons of cremation. This will help you to make a right decision.

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