- Dec 10, 2012
Whether through cultural differences, reduction of faux pas or just plain financial savviness, there are numerous ways to take from the examples of others to find less expensive ways of memorialising the recently deceased. If you’re facing down expensive funeral plans for your Adelaide funeral, consider taking a page from these books to cut costs. Some of them may be in a bit poorer or different taste than what you’re looking for, but there’s certainly something to be learned here.
Space Burial … Sort Of
As discussed in the previous post on five of the most expensive ways to memorialise a death, having cremated remains literally shot into death can be expensive or cheap, depending on how you look at it.
Per volume, the expulsion of remains into space is quite expensive, rocketing up to $15k, but compared to the cost of a funeral, it’s actually pretty cheap. Lesser options can run in the low $1k’s, so compared to a full-blown funeral ceremony, it’s quite an inexpensive option. What you do with the remaining majority of the remains is up to you and your budget, though.
Hindu Funeral Pyre
The Hindu culture is well-known for having reductive and natural incorporations, and the Antyesti or Antim Saskar funeral rites are no different.
These traditional funeral practices involve, among other things, the inclusion of a funeral pyre rather than a casket for burial or urn for cremated remains, as many are accustomed to today. During this process, the deceased is placed on a pyre near a river with his or her feet facing south. The body is then “cremated” on the pyre, with the fire beginning in the mouth of the deceased. The remains are collected days later in an urn for immersion in a river, the specifics of which can vary based on finances.
Spreading the Remains
This may be the simplest, most agreeable solution for an inexpensive memorial, as well as the most apt.
While this still requires cremation costs to be paid, spreading remains is a way to circumvent the cost of an urn or casket/burial. It also allows the unique opportunity to do something that’s truly fitting to the personality of the deceased. For instance, if he or she loved the sea, there’s always the “burial at sea” thing. If the person liked gardening, the remains can be buried in a garden. If the person liked illicit substances, like Tupac Shakur and his surviving loved ones, the remains can be incorporated into a type of material that can be ingested respirationally. I think you get the idea.
A Braveheart Service
If the deceased loved Scottish lore, Medieval ways or just Mel Gibson, there’s always the William Wallace method.
During the movie, upon the death of the beloved protagonist, Wallace’s body was sent off in a pyre made of simple, highly flammable substances on a body of water, and then received a flaming arrow. Not sure how this compared with the real William Wallace funeral that was held centuries later, but it’s probably much cheaper and more dexterous to pull off.
Build your own coffin.
This final possibility is great for the die-hard do-it-yourselfer or the family who loves a bargain. It even aligns with many religions’ calls toward simplicity and humility, such as that of the Jewish faith, which typically calls for simple pine boxes to be used for burial.
With this one, be sure to consult local regulations, as well as the advising of your funeral home, as it’s not uncommon for funeral directors to take adverse stances on this.