In many cases, this decision will have been made for you. Either because of religious beliefs or because your loved one decided before they died and made you aware of this choice.
For everyone else, careful consideration must be taken to ensure that the decision made would most likely align with their preference.
We have created a list of the most common pros and cons of cremation. That way you’ll be better informed about which method is most appropriate and will have further assistance to help you with a decision.
The cost of cremation is much less than a burial. moneysmart.gov.au lists the average cremation cost at just $4,000. That is less than a third of the cost of a traditional burial.
And there is more than the cost of the funeral itself to consider. The memorial stone for the burial plot can add several thousand dollars to the cost.
Some burial plots in certain locations command a premium which puts them out of budget for many families.
2. Greater flexibility
Cremation offers a much greater flexibility both in terms of burial locations and service arrangements. Traditional burial funerals often take place at the burial location.
3. Better for the environment
Both traditional burial and cremation have an impact on the environment.
Eco-friendly cremation services are available that help to reduce this impact on the environment now and into the future.
4. Ashes can be scattered
With cremation, you can scatter ashes at various locations. Some parks and monuments have restrictions in place. For the most part, you can dispose of ashes at a location that was significant to your loved one.
This opens up options for scattering the ashes at sea or a favourite location. This flexibility is one of the reasons why cremations are becoming more popular option over time.
1. Religious reasons
For some religions, cremation is the preferred form of disposal, but others strictly forbid the process. So this will likely play the biggest impact in the final decision.
Some religions that forbid cremation include Judaism and Islam. However, some Jewish congregations have started to allow cremation.
2. Releases a considerable amount of CO2
Cremations do release a significant amount of CO2 but the latest crematorium equipment can reduce this by a significant amount.
This can also be improved by choosing an eco-friendly casket. You can find out more about options available by completing our contact form.
3. No permanent memorial
One of the biggest perceived disadvantages of cremation is the lack of a permanent memorial. But you can still memorialise ashes at many sites and mark the location with a memorial stone.
Alternatively you could name a bench plant a tree, or name a star; so there are many other options available.
4. Crematoriums are not available everywhere
Crematoriums are still quite rare in some parts of remote Australia. If you can’t find a local crematorium, you will need to arrange to have the body transferred to a nearby facility.
Repatriation is common practice in remote areas. So if you can’t find a local crematorium, there are options available to you. Contact a local funeral home that you can trust with the process before proceeding.
As you can see there are reasons for and against cremation. Ultimately the final choice will come down to personal preference in most cases.
But whichever option you choose you can be assured that your loved ones will be treated with the care and respect they deserve if you choose a highly regarded funeral home like ours.
We are family run and have been supporting families in Mudgeeraba and the wider Gold Coast since 1997.