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Burial vs cremation

Burial vs cremation

Unless your loved one left clear instructions on what should be done after their demise, the decision of whether to bury or cremate them is up to you. Both cremation and burial have their pros and cons, so how do you decide what is best for your loved one? Here is a comprehensive guide of things to consider to help you make a well-informed decision.

Cost

Cremations are relatively cheaper than burials in the UK. That said, the cost for a burial or a cremation varies from one funeral home to another. If you choose to bury your kin, the burial’s overall cost will be determined by factors such as; the type of coffin, transport, type of service, funeral director’s fees, flowers, and catering for the wake. If you are on a tight budget, Far and Beyond Funerals offer affordable funerals that allow you to give your loved ones a decent send-off without breaking the bank.

Religion

Religion plays an important role in helping you decide whether to bury or cremate your loved one. Most Christians support cremation and burial in equal measure, but cremation is strictly forbidden in other religions such as Islam and Judaism.

Environment

Unfortunately, both cremations and burials have some negative impacts on the environment. Cremating a body requires a lot of energy, and it also produces a significant amount of carbon emissions. One cremation can use up to 15 kWh of electricity and 285 kWh of fuel, which releases the same amount of carbon dioxide as a five hundred-mile car journey. Burials negatively affect the environment because of the toxic chemicals used to make coffins and embalm the body. These chemicals leak into the surrounding area, poisoning underground water. That said, you can reduce the burial carbon footprint by choosing a biodegradable coffin and ensuring that the deceased is buried in clothes made from natural materials.

Whether you choose to bury or cremate your loved one, Far and Beyond Funerals are here to help you. Contact us today for more information about our services.