When it comes to providing proper acknowledgement to the dead, there is no doubt that people really give high regards to them, especially when it comes to their loved ones. There can be two reasons for this: one is maybe because there is this certain need to provide for their last “human” experience on earth, and another is that maybe doing so has really just become a prescribed tradition for the human race. However, whatever the reason, it can’t also be denied how people over the years haven’t forgotten this practice and even developed new ways in treating their dead.
As years passed by, people started to explore more possibilities and discovered alternative ways in doing such practices. One of them is cremation, which garnered popularity among the modern people as time evolved. But why is this so? What makes the people prefer cremating bodies more than the traditional burial services? The following are some of the reasons why it’s better to choose cremation over the traditional burial services nowadays.
Cremating dead bodies costs a lot less than the traditional burial of the dead. The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) says that the average cost of a funeral service in America costs roughly $7,000, while the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) claims that the average cost of cremating dead bodies is only roughly $2,000. Both estimates include the basic materials needed, like caskets and urns. However, the estimate for a funeral service does not include the cemetery plot or the gravestone yet.
Because burying a body is more natural than cremation, the proliferation of bacteria and germs from a dead body is hard to prevent—even with the presence of Formaldehyde. In contrast, because cremating a body involves machineries and modern technologies to speed up the decomposing of a dead human body, bacteria proliferation is reduced.
Traditional funeral services includes burying of the body into land plots. A statistic in 2006 stated that about 150,000 people in the world die everyday. If all these dead bodies are laid down in cemeteries, they would take up most of the space in the world and perhaps compromise the space that could have been utilized better by the living.
By cremating the dead bodies, on the other hand, the remains took up less space by being small enough to fit in an urn or to be scattered across the globe. These, by the way, are also not unhygienic because the incineration already took away all the harmful chemicals from what used to be the human body.
The main argument for this is that cremating dead bodies is better for the environment because it does not use chemicals such as Formaldehyde like the traditional funeral and burial services do. The process also uses natural gas in the incineration, which is not really that harmful to the environment—especially if it’s used through a high-end machinery that can regulate the use of chemicals. Moreover, compared to traditional funeral and burial services, cremating bodies does not utilize land use.
Lastly, cremation can be preferred over burial for simplification reasons. Cremating bodies does not require long preparation unlike the traditional funeral and burial services. It does not need a large space or a fancy casket. It does not require beautification of the dead like embalming and make-up application. However, despite all these things, cremating bodies still achieves the thing that burial services do, and that is to give the people who are left behind a thing to cling on to, and a proper send-off to the ones who already have passed away.