July 20, 2018
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If you are one of the millions who have realized the benefits of planning your burial in advance, you may be interested in the growing trend of alternative burial methods. A traditional burial of a casket in a plot is only one of many attractive options for your legacy. Read on to learn about the most popular alternatives.
In a traditional burial, embalming occurs and the casket is placed inside a concrete vault in the ground. If you skip those two steps, you have what’s commonly referred to as a ‘natural burial.’ People who choose this alternative burial method are interested in cost savings and/or to be buried in a more environmentally-friendly manner. To not only become one with nature but to actually aid in nature.
Allowing natural recycling in the soil is an alternative burial option that appeals to people because of its minimal impact on the environment. For example, caskets are almost always biodegradable in natural burials. They can be made from paper, compressed newspaper, cotton, or wood pulp. There’s also no vault involved. Vaults are typically made from resource-heavy concrete.
Here are a few specific types of natural burials.
The percentage of people choosing cremation has grown steadily since 1960. According to Statista, 50 years ago only 4 percent of people chose this alternative method of burial, but today, around half the people in the United States opt for cremation.
Families have numerous options when it comes to what to do with cremains, which is the term for cremated remains. The most traditional option is to place the cremains in an urn and to have a burial service. Cremains are often placed in a columbarium, which is a special building usually found at cemeteries. Columbariums have niches that store urns and are marked with names and dates. Families may visit the columbarium niche just as they would the headstone of a traditional, in-ground burial.
Alternatively, cremains may be placed in a cremation casket and buried in the ground at a cemetery. A headstone may be purchased to mark the burial plot.
Families may also choose to keep their loved one’s cremation urn at home or scatter the ashes in cemetery’s scattering garden or elsewhere, in a way their loved one has designated. Here are some additional scattering options.
Burial is not an easy subject to talk about, but if you have specific instructions for how you’d like to be buried, it’s important to let your family know about them. You may find it useful to help them learn about the various types of burial so they can come to understand your wishes. You may also want to plan and even pre-pay for your preferred burial options in advance.
Whichever method you choose, from cremation to natural burial or even burial at sea, it’s good to know your family will understand your choice.
Alternative burial options available to you will ultimately depend on where you live and what cemetery you choose as your final resting place. We recommend first choosing a cemetery by searching for one near you now. After that, you can contact them and discuss all available burial options.
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