Deciding how you want to be interred and memorialised after you die is a big choice to make. Creating an end-of-life plan can be of great comfort, not only for yourself but for your loved ones who will be charged with carrying out your wishes. This plan can also help support decision making should you find yourself in a position where your loved one has passed and did not leave instructions regarding their end of life wishes.
There are many things to consider when deciding on burial or cremation and the resulting memorial choices. Here we will cover some of the major options, as well as highlighting some aspects that you might not think of immediately that can help with making the decision a bit easier.
Will the deceased be having a cremation or burial?
One of the major things to decide upon is whether you would like to be buried or cremated. Burial allows for a permanent place in perpetuity for yourself or a loved one. There are many styles of burial, such as traditional earth burial, above ground in a mausoleum, or natural or ‘green’ burial.
Cremation allows for more flexibility than a gravesite. You can take ashes with you in an urn, scatter them in a location meaningful to the deceased or split ashes across multiple locations. Not all public places allow for scattering, however, and if you feel more comfortable with the idea of having a permanent place for visiting, ashes can be placed in a memorial site at a cemetery. We have options for cremation wall niches, memorial sites in our beautiful gardens, or you can safely scatter in our many scattering areas.
For further information, see our page on deciding between burial or cremation.