Cremation Burial Service

If you’re wondering what the difference between a cremation and a burial is, or the differences between types of cremations and burials, this article will help you. Organising a funeral or cremation can be complicated, however there are a range of options you can choose that will make the process easier.

If you haven’t decided on how you want to remember your loved one and set them to rest, hopefully this article will clear things up and help you work out which option is best for you, your family, and your loved one.

A Burial, or a Cremation?

The first thing you will need to decide on is whether you’re going to have a burial or a cremation. Both are popular options, but are very different. Choosing one or the other will impact the rest of your planning, affecting the amount of planning involved, and the cost you will need to pay.

At a basic level, a burial involves burying the body of the deceased in a burial plot, either at a cemetery or at a previously decided upon location. With a cremation, the body is cremated instead, burnt to reduce the body to ashes. Where a burial is more traditional, it is also more expensive, as you will need to decide on a cemetery or memorial park that will be used. A funeral will involve some form of burial service or ceremony as well, whereas a cremation ceremony is optional.

You will also need to choose whether to have a public or private service. A public service will require more preparation than a private service, but with a public service you’ll be able to invite a larger group of people. In the end it’s up to you and your family to decide.

After you’ve decided between a burial service or a cremation, you can choose whether or not to have a memorial service as well, and make decisions on how to personalise the service. If your loved one had specific requests on how they would like to be remembered, you can include them here. You may also want to put together picture slideshows, or choose a location for the service that was important to your loved one.

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What are Burials?

A burial is a conventional funeral tradition in which the coffin or casket is lowered into a burial site after the ceremony, and the gravesite is filled in. If you’re considering having a burial, you’ll need to choose between a coffin or casket for your burial service, as well as the location of the burial plot.

Types of Burials


Graveside Service

A graveside service is a popular type of burial funeral service. These services takes place at a cemetery and involves a ceremony as the casket is lowered into the earth. Many people choose to have a two part service, with a burial and memorial service, or awake and then a burial.


Above Ground Burial

Above-ground burials are usually reserved for families for mausoleums or crypts available. The body is prepared and placed in a coffin above the ground. Many people choose to have a private burial service and a public funeral or memorial service, allowing the family to grieve and place their loved one to rest privately.

What is a Cremation?

A cremation involves the body being placed in a cremation chamber at a crematorium and reducing it to ashes. It’s an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional burials and gives families the freedom to have a funeral service or memorial service in their own time.

After the body is cremated, the ashes are returned to your family for you to do with what you wish. Many families choose to scatter the ashes in a place that was important to their loved one, while others choose to keep the ashes close, in memory of their loved one.

Types of Cremation Services


Standard Cremation Service

After a funeral service, the body is taken to be cremated. This usually happens within a few days of passing. It’s typically like a normal funeral service, except instead of being buried the body is taken away to be cremated and returned in a container. You will need to think about cremation urns and what you will be doing with the cremated remains, however, there is a lot less to think about with a cremation than


Direct Cremation Service

A type of cremation service that’s rising in popularity, direct cremations are exactly as they sound. After passing, the body is collected, cremated, and quickly returned. There is no obligation to have a funeral service or memorial service, and you and your family are free to grieve and remember your loved on in your own time.

Direct cremations are a lot more affordable than burials or funeral services, as you don’t have to have an entire funeral service, nor do you need to contract the services of a funeral director.

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Does having a cremation mean there will be no funeral service or memorial services?

Not at all! You and your family members are free to have a funeral service or memorial service in your own time, either before the cremation or afterwards. Typically, those that choose direct cremation won’t have a funeral service, but some choose to have a memorial service or a service to scatter the ashes.

Direct Cremations with Cost Less Cremations

Cost Less Cremations specialise in direct cremations, helping families across Australia get cost-effective cremations with as little stress as possible. In what can be a difficult time, our team are here to help and make the process of cremation as easy as possible. If your loved one has passed away, call Cost Less Cremations and we will be there to help you through the process.

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