This page, and the one on cremation, may be especially difficult for you, yet deciding between burial and cremation is one of the first choices you must make.
It's your decision
Disposition is the term found on the Provincial Statement of Death to describe the final handling of the deceased's remains. Although your initial decision for the disposition of the body is between burial and cremation, there are several variations on each. Whichever choice you make, the body will eventually return to its natural elements.
If the body is buried...
1. It can be interred (earth burial).
2. It can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum (above-ground burial).
3. It can be buried at sea.
Why people choose burial
Although the trend is moving toward cremation, the majority of North Americans still choose earth burial for family and themselves. Here are some reasons you might choose burial.
Burial is traditional within your family, religious group, or geographical area
You do not like the idea of the body being "burned"
You want to erect a monument on the grave
Perhaps you want to visit the grave in the days to come, and you find a cemetery more appealing than say, a columbarium.
Decisions You Must Make If You Choose Burial
Which kind of casket to use
Which burial vault to use (Mandatory in some cemeteries)
Which cemetery to use
What kind of plot, meaning single grave, double grave, family plot etc.
What to put on the monument
The R. S. Kane Funeral Home staff can assist you with all of these questions and offer choices in location, price etc.