Whether you're planning ahead for your memorial, or you’re in
the process of arranging
funeral services for a deceased loved one, you may need to choose between cremation and
a traditional burial. Continue reading to learn what you should consider
when making this decision.
Knowing a bit more about each option can help you make this choice. Cremation
involves burning the body into cremated remains, or ashes, which can be
buried, kept by the family, scattered, or stored in a cremation niche.
With burial, the body remains intact and can be buried or entombed immediately
after the person’s death, funeral, or memorial.
Many people turn to cremation as a more affordable funeral service option.
While it’s true that going with cremation is generally less expensive
than a traditional burial, keep in mind that the costs can end up being
similar, depending on the various decision that you make regarding the
process, funeral services, and memorialization options.
For some situations, time becomes a factor when it comes to arranging
a funeral. If time constraints affect your situation and you need to complete
the funeral services within a short frame of time, then cremation prior
to a funeral service may be the best option. However, if you want to include
a viewing in the services or if you would prefer the body remain intact
until funeral rites are performed, then burying the body immediately after
the funeral or memorial may be your best option.
Religion and Culture
If you or the deceased adhere to a specific religion or culture, then
it’s important to consider any associated funeral traditions. Before
making any decisions, speak with your local cultural or religious leader
to learn more about what is viewed as appropriate and ideal regarding
burials and funeral services.
If you’re organizing funeral services or wish to pre-plan your funeral
in Hayward, then please contact
Chapel of the Chimes Hayward at (510) 398-6922 to learn about your options and the helpful resources
that we offer.