When the time comes to plan a funeral or memorial service for a loved one, you will have to make many major decisions in a short period of time. One of the most time-sensitive and permanent decisions, however, is whether to have your loved one’s body buried or cremated. Consider the points discussed below if you are concerned about making this decision.
If your loved one pre-arranged his or her funeral or explicitly stated a preference between burial and cremation, then this difficult decision has already been taken care of for you. Your next step is to meet with a funeral director to discuss different burial or cremation options and decide how to best memorialize your loved one.
Different religions have varying customs regarding how a body should be cared for after someone has passed away. Be sure to consider your loved one’s religion when deciding between a traditional burial and cremation. If you are unsure of the appropriate choice, consider speaking to your loved one’s religious leader before making your decision.
If your loved one’s family has been using burial or cremation for generations, and nothing about your loved one makes you think that he or she would want to stray from that tradition, you should be able to feel content following the family tradition.
Loved One’s Personality
If none of the above factors has helped you decide between burial and cremation, you can consider your loved one’s personality. If, for example, your loved one enjoyed the ocean, cremation and a permitted spreading of the ashes may be appropriate.
Regardless of whether you opt for burial or cremation, Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward can provide you with a wide array of high-quality funeral services to help you make your loved one’s funeral as memorable as possible. To speak with a compassionate and dedicated member of our funeral planning team, call (866) 475-9407 at any time.