Cremation was the standard approach to death in ancient Greece. In today’s world, there has been an increase in the number of people opting for cremation when they die. Compared to cremation, traditional burials are more common.
So many people find traditional burials to be costly as a funeral option of honoring the deceased.
Different funeral alternatives are now available. These funeral alternatives still honor the dead and they are cheaper option compared to traditional burials.
If you are looking for funeral alternatives that are less expensive, this article highlights some of them.
If you are looking for a funeral alternative that will not require you to break the bank, consider cremation. Cremation popularity has been on the rise over the years. A research done shows that in 2020 close to 56.4% would opt for cremation compared to 37.7% who would prefer traditional burials. Cremation has several benefits, such as flexibility. If you want your remains to be scattered at a special location and at home, it is possible with cremation. Also, cremation connects the deceased with their loved one.
There are other funeral alternatives you can consider apart from cremation such as burial at sea. Burial at sea is different from traditional burials. In this alternative, your body is thrown to the sea. In case of cremation, it is scattered to the sea. For this option, it will cost you not more than $400, as long as your friends and family members are not attending. This is cheaper compared to traditional burials. In case your family and friends are attending the deceased sea burial, it will cost you more.
The regulations surrounding sea burials are plenty. There are areas that are designated for sea burials. To avoid breaking any of these regulations, consult with an expert first before doing a sea burial.
The third option funeral alternative is donating your body to science. This is the most fulfilling and cheapest option among the funeral alternatives. Medical experts will use your body to learn more about its uniqueness.
For any one who wants to make a difference even when they are dead, donating your body to science would be a good idea. In case you had donated any of your organs when you were alive, you cannot donate your body to science. For your body to be donated to science, it must have all organs.
Your body does not have to cater for the cost of cremation, the institution that you donated your body to will do it. They will return it to your family after 1 or 2 years. In a case where you want a funeral service with friends and family members, they will not cater for that. By doing cremation, they lessen the burden to your family.
Over the years people perspective about death has changed. The funeral alternatives mentioned above are less costly.