Burial or cremation is a personal choice

The choice of burial or cremation is a deeply personal one. At Walter Carter Funerals, we offer to arrange either burial or cremation services in Sydney. Our team is on hand to discuss your options and help you make this important decision.

In some instances, the deceased’s religious or cultural background may dictate how their body is to be treated after death. Equally, the deceased may have made their preference clear prior to their death.

In Australia today the number of people choosing cremation is steadily on the rise. While there is some variance from state to state, the number of cremations now outnumbers burials. In general, cremations are more common in metropolitan areas where crematory facilities are readily available, while in regional and rural areas burials are more common.

Burial

When planning a burial, there are a number of choices you will need to make in relation to burial products, location and the type of service.

The products you will need to purchase for the burial depend upon your preferences and where you want the burial to take place. Different cemeteries have different requirements, however in general you will need a coffin or casket, a gravesite and a headstone or grave marker.

Ground burial and mausoleum entombment traditionally take place at a cemetery, so the specific requirements of the cemetery will need to be determined. If you are planning a ground burial, you will need to purchase a gravesite. If you are planning an entombment, you will need to purchase a space in a mausoleum.

The burial may take place after a funeral service at a funeral home or religious place of worship, after a gravesite service at the burial location, before a memorial service, or immediately after death.

Cremation

When a body is cremated, the remains are burned to ash and may be buried, interred in a niche, kept by the family in an urn or scattered at a place of significance. As with burial, there are a number of choices you will need to make in relation to products, location and the type of service.

The products you will need to purchase for the cremation depend on your personal preferences. However in general you will need a cremation coffin or casket, and an urn.

Choosing cremation in no way interferes with the ability to have a funeral service; many cremations commonly take place after a service is held. Alternatively, you may choose to have a direct cremation followed by a memorial service at a later date.

Talk to the team at Walter Carter Funerals about the burial and cremation choices available.

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