The Differences Between Traditional And Cremation Services

By: Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services
Monday, July 1, 2019

If you have the need to work with one of the funeral homes in Las Vegas, NV, you likely know that you have two main final disposition options: traditional funerals or cremations. While some people automatically lean one direction or the other, it’s a harder decision for others. If you can’t decide between traditional services and cremation, look at the differences between the two and that can help you gain access to clarity. 

The Expenses 

One of the biggest differences you will notice upfront is in the costs. Traditional funerals cost much more than cremations do. Why is that? A variety of reasons. First, there isn’t a need for certain products with cremation, like a casket, a headstone, a cemetery plot and so on. Second, there isn’t a need for certain services with cremation, like embalming, visitation space, and so on. These things add up and when you take them all out of the picture, of course cremation will cost less. 

The Service Options 

When you go with a traditional burial, the services generally follow a specific pattern. There’s a visitation (with either an opened or closed casket), a funeral, and then a shorter burial service. With cremation, it’s much different. You can actually have whatever kind of service you want. You can have a memorial in a funeral home or church and make it feel much like a regular funeral. Or you can have a memorial in a family home or a park and make things more casual and intimate. You can even just have an ash scattering ceremony. Some people also enjoy celebrations of life in which they gather and go over the good times of a life well-lived. The options are endless, and you can do whatever you’d like. 

The Resting Place 

Traditional burials require burial to occur as the last portion of the final service. There has to be a cemetery plot for the casket. With cremation, there are larger options to consider. Burial is still an option, but so is placement in a columbarium, scattering, and so on. You can bury the urn at sea, keep it in your home, or place ashes in jewelry for loved ones to enjoy and wear. There aren’t restrictions like there is with a traditional burial and funeral. 

These differences can help you see what traditional funerals are like versus cremation services with funeral homes in Las Vegas, NV. With any luck, the answer as to which direction you should go for your loved one is obvious to you now. If not and you need more details, the professionals at Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services are here to help. Call us at (702) 485-6500 and we’ll give you the information you need to make the right decisions. You can also visit with our funeral director in person for further clarity. We’re located at 3975 S Durango Dr Ste 104, Las Vegas, NV 89147 and we’re here to help you put the right plans into place, whatever those may be. 

 
 

 

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