At a time of loss, it can be difficult to determine the best interment for those that have passed. Make sure to have conversations about final wishes and funeral planning with loved ones now, before the unexpected robs you of the chance to make your wishes known.
Some interment choices to make include the following.
Cremation or convention? One compelling reason to consider cremation relates to the cost; it can be much cheaper to cremate, and the remains take up far less space in a burial plot. Some other interment options for cremains include the following.
- An eco-friendly orb that contains the ashes and the seeds for a tree or plant. When the orb is buried with the remains, the tree grows, symbolically demonstrating life coming out of death.
- Some individuals have had cremated remains added to ink or paint for memorial paintings, artwork, and even tattoos.
- There are numerous jewelry and keepsake items that can be made with a small amount of cremated remains. Many funeral homes offer these options, though they are likely made off-site.
- Interment for cremains also could include a scattering at sea. There are no strict regulations mandating this practice, unlike with the practice of burying a body at sea. Talk to your funeral director about the guidelines for these types of services.
Burial plots and sites. You can still buy burial plots at public cemeteries for you and your loved ones, though some may simply have no space left. Members of certain churches or congregations may be permitted to be buried in a church cemetery, which may be maintained by the organization for an additional fee or tithe.
Do-it-yourself. Many eco-friendly consumers are looking at innovative and environmentally conscientious methods of interment. This could include building your own casket, basically a pine-box, and abstaining from traditional embalming practices to prevent these chemicals from seeping into the earth. This might also involve burial on property beyond a cemetery or graveyard—such as in your own backyard. Local ordinances and laws pertaining to this practice vary according to region.
Above-ground alternatives. Another option is to buy space in a mausoleum or tomb for interment. This may also be available to members of a specific church or faith or if the deceased is a member of an important or affluent family.
Consider the different methods of interment before the decision needs to be made. Whether you plan on a traditional burial in a family plot or want your ashes scattered off the side of a boat, make these plans now and inform your loved ones.