Have you been thinking about making out your last will and testament? Are you wondering what you should put into this document? There are the obvious things, such as who should get certain personal effects. Then there are less obvious things that need to be included, such as what sort of funeral you want and where you'd like to be buried. While it may not be pleasant to think about such things, they are necessary for a number of reasons. As part of your considerations, you should give serious thought to being cremated instead of buried. This has a number of advantages, including the following.
Lower cost: A full traditional burial can cost thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. Not only do you have to purchase a plot of land but you also have to pay for the casket, the burial service, and so on. All of these costs add up quickly to be something that your family may not be able to fully afford. In contrast, cremation services may only cost a few hundred or just a couple thousand dollars. While this still isn't pocket change, it's much more affordable than the cost of a full burial. This means that your family won't have to go into debt just to take care of your mortal remains.
More options: When you opt for a regular burial, you're pretty much restricted to being buried in a cemetery. For a lot of people, that's just not where they'd prefer to consider spending all of eternity. But with cremation services, your final resting place can be just about anywhere. After the funeral service, your friends or family can take your ashes to the chosen location and scatter them around. This way, they'll be able to imagine you spending your time at your favorite location. If you don't want this and you do want your remains placed in a more traditional location, cemeteries do offer the interment of ashes in various locations.
Closure: After someone dies, it can take a long time for family and friends to come to terms with the death. While cremation services isn't a complete solution, they can help some people. Instead of having to get into a car and drive to the cemetery where you're buried, your closest friends or family members can keep the urn with your ashes in their home. This is something that some people find comfort in, allowing them to feel closer to the person who has passed on. After they have gotten to the stage in the grieving process where they feel comfortable doing so, they can then scatter or inter your ashes as you requested.
For more information, contact a funeral home, such as Danks-Hinski Funeral Home.