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cremation-considerationA lot of thought goes into the decision as to whether to cremate or bury your loved one after they pass away. Though it’s not a happy prospect to consider, reviewing the options available and making an informed decision ahead of time can save your family from a lot of stress and anxiety down the road. Here are three important factors you should consider when you are making your decision.


There’s no way around it. Cremations are cheaper than burials, and by a not-insignificant margin, too. According to the Cremation Association of North America, the national average for the cost of a full burial is $7,300. This includes, but isn’t limited to, a casket, liner, funeral home costs, embalming, gravesite, and cemetery proceedings. In contrast, cremations cost an average of $1,650 for both the procedure and the urn.


If your loved one lived in the same city his or her entire life, the transportation of their remains to the funeral home and burial grounds may not necessarily be a complicated issue. But if he or she expressed a wish to be laid to rest in a different location, for example in the city of his or her birth, cremation simplifies the many issues and costs associated with transportation.

Religious or Cultural Traditions

Obviously, the wishes of the deceased are the primary consideration in the matter. Some religious or cultural traditions hold cremation to be simple and harmonious way to return your loved one’s spirit to the natural world. Other traditions prefer the remains kept intact for certain rituals. Make sure that you or your loved ones specify in writing what their wishes are.

Direct Cremation


  • Transportation of deceased
  • Basic services of Funeral Director and Staff
  • Cremation
  • Alternative container
  • A temporary container

Direct Burial


  • Transportation of deceased
  • Basic services of Funeral Director and Staff
  • Arrangements and transportation to the cemetery