If you're planning a funeral, cremation may be the best option for you and your family. The decision to cremate a loved one is often made so that you have more time to plan the memorial service, or so that you can spread their ashes somewhere meaningful to them. Whatever the reason for choosing cremation over traditional burial services, there are many pros and cons of each—and it's important to consider both before making any final decisions about how your loved one will be laid to rest.
Cremation Costs Less Than A Traditional Funeral
You might be shocked to find out that cremation costs less than a traditional funeral. The average cost of a cremation is between £800 and £2,000, while the average cost of a traditional funeral is around £6,000. This can be attributed to the fact that you don't have to pay for embalming or burial costs with a cremation service.
Cremation vs Traditional Funeral: Which Is Better?
It's true—the average funeral costs more than double what an average cremation service does! While some people may choose not to spend as much money on their loved ones after they're gone because it's not really something they want as part of their lives anymore (and who can blame them?) others might feel like this isn't fair for all those involved in caring for someone else when they pass away--including family members who will likely need financial help during this difficult time in life."
Paperwork Can Be Simpler
If you're interested in cremation, the paperwork can be simpler than traditional funeral paperwork. The only person who needs to complete and file paperwork for a cremation is the provider who will do it for you. When someone dies, the funeral director or crematorium will typically handle all of this for you, but if you want to go at it solo, here's what needs to be done:
- Obtain a death certificate from a doctor or coroner's office (or sometimes from another appropriate agency like law enforcement).
- Contact your state's department of health and submit an application for an alternative disposition permit.
- Complete and sign an authorization form authorising your chosen provider or family member to cremate your loved one's body on your behalf.
More Time To Plan A Memorial Service
One of the best things about switching to cremation is that you don’t have to choose between a memorial service and a funeral. In fact, either can be held at any time—it’s up to you.