Knowing your Options

funeral-300x270“Memento Mori”- Remember that you will die. This remark is one that is well known to the Romans. Even then it was common to be well-prepared for what happens to you when the final curtain falls. Unlike before, the world is not just easier when you die. Many regulations and laws govern every detail of today. We try to bring light into the dark and have a look around us, what types of burial there are and what can be observed. Here are the two most common options you have when doing your funeral planning:


The burial is done in Christianity, the traditional burial. It occurs either in a single grave, a family grave or a tomb or a mausoleum. The burial should take place no earlier than 48 hours and no later than eight days after the death. A burial can be very expensive since it requires a coffin for it. The costs vary between $2,800 and $35,000 however it can be a lot more depending on your tastes.


The cremation was already known in Antiquity and widespread before it hit the edges of Christianity. However, it is only been common for Christians since the end of the 19th Century. The cremation is subject to certain statutory provisions and must be approved separately. There must be no doubt as to the cause of death and the identity of the dead because a subsequent investigation by the combustion is no longer possible. Therefore, prior to cremation, a medical officer or coroner has to examine the deceased. This is usually done within two days. The burning must take place in a crematorium, as it is not permitted in most countries under the open sky. The ash can then either be buried in an urn in a cemetery or spread in nature. Cremations are generally less expensive than burials and they cost approximately between $2,000 and $13,000.

If you are unsure of what options you have, you can contact your local funeral planner and discuss it with them.