Cremation vs. Burial... How to Decide Which Is Best?

By: Keyser Funeral Home
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Whether to have a cremation or burial funeral service has been a question that many families have had to answer for a long time. Both of these options for a funeral service have been around from the beginning of human history. The best option for a funeral service comes down to family traditions and cultural or religious beliefs.


Burial Funeral Service

A burial funeral service is sometimes called a ‘traditional’ funeral service. In many areas, this type of funeral service is a part of the family traditions due to religion or culture. Burial is also a preferred option for people who want a permanent area to be memorialized. For a long time, burial was used to show a person’s place in society, usually shown with the monument size.

For some families, burial is the best option for a funeral service because it provides them with more closure since the body is returned to the earth.



During the last half of the 20th century, cremation has become popular in many areas of the world. Compared to other areas of the world, the United States has lower cremation rates than other industrialized countries. The cremation rate in the United States is under 50% of funeral service, but this rate is on the rise as more religions are more accepting of this type of funeral service.

A cremation funeral service allows a family to hold onto the urn and ashes. Traditional services can still be performed at a cremation funeral service and does not need the body to be present at the time of the funeral service. This can be helpful for closure in many cases.


Burial VS Cremation

There are many things you need to consider when you are planning a funeral service. The choice of burial or cremation is one of the decisions that you need to make, which is a very personal decision. Along with religious and cultural factors, you should also think about family traditions and the cost of the funeral service. There are various types of services that can be used when you memorialize a loved one with a celebration of life.


There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to a funeral service. You just need to find the best option for your family. Our staff here at Keyser Funeral Home & Cremation Service, is more than happy to provide you with information about the services that are available, and the costs of these services and products.

If you have any questions about a funeral service or adding in family traditions to a celebration of life, you can contact our staff here at Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service. We would be happy to help you find the information that you may be seeking.

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