Why Choose an Urn Instead of a Casket? Varied Reasons for Choosing Cremation

April 6, 2017 2:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

For a long time, burial caskets were considered the most traditional option to lay your loved one to rest. With a casket burial, family and friends of the deceased can say their final goodbyes at an open or closed casket service. Once they have been buried in a respectfully marked grave, you can come back anytime to visit and grieve privately. Today, however, many people are opting for cremation—whether through preplanning services or deciding after a family member’s passing—followed by cremated remains being placed inside an urn. Everyone has their own personal feelings about traditional burials and cremation, so you should always do what you feel is right for you or your loved one.

That said, here are a few reasons why a person might choose a cremation service and urn in Lake City, FL instead of a casket burial:

  • Cost: The cost of cremation is typically up to 50 percent less than a traditional burial. Since the cremated remains leave with you in an urn, there’s no need to acquire a casket, gravesite or headstone. Cremation urns are generally more affordable than caskets, and if you need more time to choose a permanent urn, many funeral homes will place cremated remains in a basic urn.
  • Simplicity: Handling a full sized casket and planning a big, elaborate funeral ceremony is not for everyone. But with urns, casket viewings are not expected, pallbearers are not needed and there’s no traveling to a gravesite after the ceremony. The small size of the urn allows for easy handling and simple planning.
  • More personal: While a family with religious traditions may choose to have a traditional casket burial and funeral ceremony, a growing number of people prefer that things be done at a more personal level. Whether the ceremony involves family or religious traditions or not, urns let you celebrate your loved one in a unique way—like a personalized memorial service, an intimate gathering at home or scattering cremated ashes at a favorite site.
  • Time to plan a service: In the event of an unexpected death of a loved one, you’ll likely need some time to plan a memorial service. Needing more time to plan a proper memorial is a good reason to choose cremation instead of making burial arrangements.
  • To keep someone close: You are not required to keep your loved one’s cremated remains in your home. In fact, there’s cemetery space available specifically for urns, or you can arrange for the urn to be buried with or near other family members who’ve passed.
  • Keepsake urns: Cremated remains are often placed inside keepsakes—like jewelry, picture frames, garden decorations, clocks and smaller keepsake urns—which are then placed on mantels, bookshelves, walls and in the garden. Give each close family member a keepsake so their loved one will always be close by.

At ICS Cremation & Funeral Home, our friendly and compassionate staff is available to assist you 24/7 and will work hard to meet your needs within your price range. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss cremation services and selecting a quality urn in Lake City, FL.

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