Cremation or Direct Burial, The Considerations

There comes a time where choices have to be made, either for yourself or on behalf of a loved one; the decision is between cremation in San Diego or direct burial. The choice is not an easy one to make, there are many things that have to be taken into account, among them religious concerns, the cost, the environment as well as any feelings you may have, either negative or positive about either method.

If the consideration is cost then there are economic advantages to cremation in San Diego, especially if the cremation site is in close proximity to the home. There is no need for a casket, a headstone, a burial site and transport costs to move the casket from one place to another for memorial services. The ashes of the deceased have to be dealt with of course and for this there are numerous alternatives. If you are so inclined, the ashes can be scattered or interred in your garden, they can be scattered to the wind or scattered at sea. There may be arrangements that have to be made for a sea burial but this can usually be worked out between an operator and the funeral home which is responsible for the cremation.

Religious beliefs are of paramount concern when choosing between cremation and burial. There are religions that prohibit cremation, others that allow it but frown on it. As a major religion it is prudent to mention here that the Catholic religion lifted the ban on cremation, however, it was a requirement that mass be said prior to the actual cremation, now mass can be said in the presence of the remains.

Many people, although caught up in grief at the time of death, do have environmental concerns over disposing of the remains. It has long been thought that cremation was less harmful to the environment than direct burial but now even this has been thrown into doubt over concern for the release of greenhouse gases. Although this may be a doubt, one thing that is not is that cemeteries are filling up and cremation is logical.

At the end of it all, the best decision is the one that you feel would fulfill the desire of the deceased and the loved ones. Both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages; as such it is prudent that the choice be made while still alive, this takes the burden from the shoulders of a loved one. Visit Community Mortuary for more information.

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