Being in charge of the funeral service of a loved one is never an easy task. There are hundreds, even thousands, of decisions that must be made throughout the process. For a long time, burial was the most popular type of funeral, largely because of the ceremony of it all. These days, however, cremation is slowly but surely again becoming the leading way to say goodbye to the departed. There are many ways that people are saving on funeral costs when they opt for cremation. All those ways hold significant weight when it comes to the overall attitude and response to cremation versus burial. And while of course the geographic limitations of burial definitely play into the shifting numbers of people arcing towards cremation, the financial costs associated with cremation are a big contributing factor to the shifting numbers of people opting for the ritualistic practice rather than the ceremonial practice of a traditional burial.
Given that many families are not staying in the one town or city their whole lives anymore, the ritualistic permanence of a plot in a graveyard makes little sense to most these days. So, cremation has become more and more popular. Some individuals want their ashes to be planted and turned into a tree, while others want their ashes to be held in an urn in the family home (or any other type of ritual or inclination taken for the ashes after the fact). Regardless of what is done with the ashes once the cremation is complete, it remains true that cremation is becoming more and more popular all the time. The costs associated with cremation are significantly more financially efficient than the costs of a burial. Ranging anywhere between $600 – $3,000, cremations are generally far less expensive than typical burials. But what actually lowers the cost of a cremation so far below that of a burial? There are significant financial savings when cremation is chosen, in the understanding that there is no need for ongoing financial investments in the gravesite.
Organising the goodbye for a loved one is always a challenge. There are many costs and other hurdles that inevitably make themselves known throughout the process of funeral planning. First and foremost, grievers can save money with the funeral service itself. In the case of cremation, it is not at all uncommon for individuals to skip out on the funeral service entirely, opting instead to pay solely for the cremation service itself. Instead of an official funeral service, many people opt instead to have a personal goodbye that they are entirely in charge of, simply pay for nothing more than the drive to a place where they intend to scatter the ashes, or even paying for the ashes to be turned into a healthy tree after the fact. With so many vastly more creative and cost-efficient options out there when one opts for a cremation rather than a burial, it is no surprise that cremations are becoming more and more popular all the time.
People are more invested in giving those that they love personal and meaningful send-offs, and that often means that they are more cost-effective as well. Of course, this drastically reduces the cost of a cremation, as there is no longer the need for paying for the service (whether it is held at a funeral home or at the gravesite), a headstone (or monument), and the additional cost of preparing the body for viewing at the service, or just simply to reside in the casket. Cremation is being regarded as the optimal choice by more and more people around the globe, and at the end of the day it all comes back to the cost. If there is a more cost-effective and personal and meaningful way to say goodbye to the person one loves, why would they not take full advantage of that? That is the reality today, and it is one that is becoming more and more popular all the time.
While each funeral is different in just about every possible way, there is the distinct realisation that there are inevitable costs involved all the time, no matter which decisions one makes throughout the planning process. However, it is a known fact that on average, cremations are significantly more cost-effective than typical burials. The ways that individuals can save by opting for cremations vary and include (but are not limited to) the elimination of a casket, plot, and headstone (or monument), as well as the cost of having the funeral held in a funeral home or at the gravesite, and the cost of preparing the body for viewing or simply residing in the casket underground. All in all, cremations are much cheaper options for the grieving to consider, and this is largely why they are becoming so popular yet again.