Choosing Between Cremation and Burial

While many Americans feel that burial is the most traditional option, the reality is that more and more people are choosing cremations instead. Affordable cremation in Detroit is attainable, and it gives you the option of placing your loved one's ashes inside of several urns—one for each family member. You can even choose to bury your loved one's ashes in a cemetery or scatter them in place that is meaningful to your loved one. In this article, we will sort through some factors that can help you decide between cremation and burial.

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Between the two options, cremation is the less expensive. With cremation, the remains are stored in an urn or several urns, rather than placed inside of a casket and subsequently buried at a cemetery.


The deceased may have expressed a preference between cremation and burial. If there is a preference, it is honorable to respect that preference, even if it is not what you would have chosen.

Religious Beliefs

Religions differ in their acceptance of cremation. For example, Hindus have been practicing cremation for thousands of years, as they believe it assists the departed soul on its journey to the next world. On the other hand, ground burial for some Christians symbolizes the burial and resurrection of Christ. If you are taking your religious beliefs into account, talking with your local religious leader can help you clarify the rules and customs surrounding cremation and burial.


With land increasingly becoming more valuable and precious, cremation is widely considered to be the more environmentally friendly of the two options. Furthermore, corpses buried too close to ground level have created public health concerns in the past.


Many people like the idea of being able to visit a tomb or monument when mourning their loved one. Others prefer being able to hold or see an urn that is stored in a special place. Another popular option following cremation is scattering the ashes, which provides a form of relief and peace to the family.

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