When choosing whether to bury or cremate your loved one it is important to consider the feelings and wishes of your loved one as well as how you feel about each option. Choosing whether to cremate or bury your family members brings about many other questions. What trend has your family followed in the past 20 years, did the majority of the pre-deceased family members choose burial or cremation? What do you hope to do with his/her remains? In cases where cremation is decidedly the way to go there a few more options than when burial is selected. If you plan to bury remains in a family plot there might be a rule stating that the person must be cremated to allow for enough space for the remains in a group or family plot.
The first step to choosing how to treat the remains will be to determine what the long term storage plans are for the remains; if you plan to keep the remains in a jar in your home, clearly cremation I the only way to go. If you plan to bury in a single plot you might choose to cremate then bury or simply bury in a casket.
Another consideration for many families is the personal wishes and beliefs of the deceased. If your loved one had a memorable fear of bugs and spiders etc. you might then choose to cremate instead of bury regardless of whether or not that is what everyone else in his or her family has done in the past. The same is true of cremation, if you can tell that the deceased would not have wanted to be cremated for their own personal reasons then you might decide to have them buried even if that was not what others in the family had done in the past.
While cremation and keeping the remains with you is the most economical choice, standard casket burials are still the most common way to store remains.