Why Cremation Might Be a Good Choice

August 18, 2020 11:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Deciding on how you want your family to handle your funeral and your remains is a sensitive topic, but if you have strong feelings one way or another, it’s a discussion that needs to be had. Most people have an idea of what they want to happen after they die, whether it’s based on family traditions, religion or even environmentally-conscious values. However, if you don’t make your wishes known, you may not get the funeral and burial or internment you were hoping for.

Cremation in Lake City, FL is a popular alternative to traditional burial for several reasons. Here’s why some people find cremation to be a good choice—if you feel the same way, we suggest either pre-planning your funeral services or making it clear to your family in your will or end-of-life directive:

  • Less expensive: Traditional funerals and burials can result in a large price tag, given the associated expenses like cemetery plots, coffins and funeral services. Usually cremation carries a much lower price tag (around $1,200), so long as you don’t plan an elaborate service. Traditional burials cost about $7,700 on average.
  • Flexible funeral time: Another benefit of choosing cremation is that your loved ones will have the chance to hold the funeral whenever they wish, rather than needing to get it done quickly for an open casket service or wake. This is especially useful in the pandemic era, during which many families are unable to mourn together after an unexpected passing. The family can choose to wait until they can all be together, until a desired venue opens up or even when they’re ready to scatter the ashes.
  • Eliminates worry about full cemeteries: Cemeteries sell plots far in advance, and family members who are adamant about being buried together tend to buy nearby plots as soon as possible. This leads to cemeteries filling up years in advance, and you may not be able to get the spot you were hoping for. Take this specific worry out of your funeral planning by choosing cremation. In addition, it is a more environmentally-friendly option than burial—some people even choose to have their ashes buried when family members plant a new tree.
  • Many religions see cremation as a viable alternative to burial: Finally, depending on your religious beliefs, cremation might not be “allowed.” This is especially important to sects that believe their bodies must be intact in order to experience eternal life after death. However, even more religions are relaxing their stances on cremation. Talk to your spiritual advisor if you’re concerned about choosing this option.

When deciding between cremation versus burial in Lake City, FL, take some time to consider the above factors—and if you don’t have a strong opinion either way, we suggest sitting down with your family to discuss how they feel and how that might work with your wishes.

For more information about our cremation services, reach out to ICS Cremation & Funeral Home. We’ve been offering a range of funeral and burial options for 20 years, including cremation services, and would be glad to help you determine what’s right for you.

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