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

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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5 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.

  3. Tori Raddison says:

    I had no idea that ground burial is still an option for people who have been cremated, but that makes me feel a lot happier. My grandpa passed recently and he’s asked to be cremated. My dad really wants to bury him though. I’ll have to tell him that we can do both!

  4. Shaylee Packer says:

    I didn’t know that there could still be a ground burial for those who were cremated. My father has always said that he wants to be cremated, but the kids didn’t really want to do that, because it would be harder for everyone to visit him. With this new information, I am more willing to give him his wishes, because we can still do a ground burial.

  5. Ron Booker says:

    I was not aware that aboveground burials were one of the cheapest options for a funeral. My neighbor just passed away, and he didn’t have any family, so the rest of the neighbors and I want to pay for a funeral service. We will be sure to find a funeral home in our area so we can hear about their burial options fo him.

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