How Do I Know What is Right for Me – Cremation, Burial, a Mausoleum or Columbarium?

Niche at Cemetery | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois

It can be difficult to decide which form of disposition is most suitable for you. The best way to reach a conclusion is by educating yourself on the available options and seeing the benefits of each.

Niche at Cemetery | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisIn the past, a mausoleum was reserved for the very wealthy; however, that is no longer the case. Now, above ground burial can be one of the least expensive options. Many people like the idea of being buried above ground, in a climate controlled location. This can be especially nice in very hot or cold areas, where it would be difficult to visit during a good portion of the year. Many times a mausoleum will play soothing music so family and friends can visit in comfort and ease.

Some prefer a traditional ground burial. The thought of being put to rest outside in a serene setting surrounded by trees, flowers, and sunshine is very appealing and calming to many. Especially, when other family members have had this as their final wish.

Ground burial is also an option for those who wish to be cremated. You can still have a traditional burial and funeral service with cremation. There can be a graveside setup for the burial of the urn just as there is one for the casket.  Others preferring cremation might consider being scattered in a meaningful location or be preserved at home in a decorative vase.

A columbarium is a popular choice for those who want to be cremated, but do not want scattering or ground burial. This allows loved ones a sacred place to visit and pay their respects. Also, this gives loved ones the opportunity to show their devotion by placing keepsakes and personal items inside the niche.

There are countless options and we want to help you figure out what is best for you.

We have found the best way to reach a decision is by taking a tour and seeing what is most pleasing to you and your loved ones.

For more information on funeral services, cremations, pre-arranging services, or personalization, click here to visit our Service Options page.

Please contact us for more information.


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2 Responses to How Do I Know What is Right for Me – Cremation, Burial, a Mausoleum or Columbarium?

  1. Silas Knight says:

    I was always under the impression that being buried in the ground was the only option. That might sound ignorant, but that’s the only method anyone I have ever known has chosen to be laid to rest. I, however, like the columbarium idea, providing cremation and also a place for family to visit. I will put some serious thought into whether or not I want to choose that method.

  2. Sandra Patterson says:

    Wow, I had no idea that aboveground burials can be among the cheapest options for a funeral. My mom is working on planning her funeral, just so that she is prepared for that event. I don’t think she knew that this was an affordable option, I’ll forward this article to her so that she can know that there are other options.

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