3 Types of Cremation: Understanding the Differences

One immutable fact about life is that it will end, whether you are a baobab tree, an octopus, or a human. However, the causes of death will differ – and so will the method of disposition.

For humans, there are two primary methods of disposition: burial and cremation.

If you want to be cremated after you die, you should know there are different types to choose from. In this article, we will examine the three major types of cremation and the differences between them. We will also look at a fourth and final option you can go with if you wish.

Let’s start!

Cremation with traditional service

When you think of cremation, you probably think of a process that involves a traditional burial service followed by the burning of the body. This is that type of cremation. It is also the type that is closest to a traditional burial since it involves some of its processes, like visitations and wakes.

Cremation with traditional service is the most expensive type of cremation. For one, you have to embalm the body to preserve it for viewing during the funeral. Naturally, this carries its own cost. Also, carrying out a funeral service means you have to rent caskets.

Finally, there are other costs you have to factor in to ensure the visitation, wake, and funeral service go hitch-free. All of these can add up to a pretty hefty sum of money.

Cremation with memorial service

Cremation with memorial service is similar to cremation with traditional service. However, it does not require the presence of a body. For cremation with memorial service, the body is burned immediately after death. As a result, you won’t incur embalming and casket costs.

What’s more? Cremation with memorial service offers more flexibility than cremation with traditional service. Unlike a traditional service, which has to take place within a short period after death, you can choose to hold a memorial service several weeks or even months after death. The only problem with this option is that the body will not be present for the memorial service. However, you can choose to have the person’s ashes present in an urn and display their pictures.

By the way, while cremation with memorial service is not as expensive as cremation with traditional service, it is not without its costs. Since you will be organizing and hosting a service, you will certainly have costs to bear.

Direct cremation

Direct cremation is the final major cremation type on this list. It is the cheapest of the three cremation types and requires little expense.

Like all cremation types, direct cremation involves burning the body. However, it does not involve any service, whether traditional or memorial. As a result, the only cost you will incur are those for cremating the body.

In other words, direct cremation is the cheapest type of cremation and the option you should use if you want to cremate a body but are on a tight budget.

By the way, when you donate a body to a science organization for research purposes, they will cremate it at no cost to you when they finish their experiments and tests. In some instances, you can collect the ashes to scatter, intern, or entomb for future generations to visit.

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