The vast majority of funeral homes in Columbia, TN and beyond offer both traditional burial and cremation services. Though cremation services are becoming more and more popular all across the country, there are still many families that choose traditional burials over cremation. There are a variety of reasons as to why they make this choice. But, as their experiences may help you choose what’s right for you and your lost loved one, here are 5 common reasons why people choose traditional burial services:
- Continuing the Tradition – Many families have been burying lost family members in the same cemetery for generations, so it’s important for them to continue this long-standing family tradition. For many people, holding onto this burial tradition is comforting in a time of loss and is an important part of their family history.
- Religious Traditions – There are also many religions that dictate burial over cremation even though other religions have come around to the idea of cremation over burial. Many branches of Christianity and Catholicism allow for cremation, but there are still many religions that hold firm in their beliefs that burial is the only way to go. For example, the Jewish faith does not condone cremation. If it’s important for you and your family to maintain religious traditions, then you should absolutely choose burial.
- Personal Preference – There are a lot of myths surrounding cremation, from having ashes given to the wrong person to a lack of dignity. These myths might deter people from choosing cremation and have them choose burial instead. Even though these myths are mostly not based in fact, it’s perfectly OK for people to choose burial if they prefer or if it makes them more comfortable. If it’s your personal preference to choose burial, then that’s what you should do.
- Cost Isn’t a Factor – On average, cremations cost less than burials. This lowered cost is one of the main reasons why people are choosing cremation over burial. However, there are those that don’t mind the extra cost because burial is important to them and their family. Not everyone is concerned about cost when it comes to putting a loved one to rest. If you are ready to spend more money on a burial to honor your lost loved one or a family tradition than you should do so without any guilt.
- Last Wishes – Sometimes the deceased leaves clear instructions for his or her final disposition. If the deceased wanted to be buried, then you should follow his or her wishes.
At the end of the day, choosing a burial or a cremation all depends on what’s important to you and your family. There is nothing wrong with choosing a burial just as there is nothing wrong with choosing a cremation.
If you want to learn more about burial, cremation or Columbia, TN funeral homes just reach out to Williams Funeral Home & Crematory, You can visit us at 2517 Trotwood Ave, Columbia, TN 38401 or give us a call at (931) 388-2135 today.