Comparing cremations and burials
Many people do not leave their wishes over cremation or burial In the UK. It’s possible to either bury or cremate the body and there’s a lot of choice involved in the process.
Not all faiths approve of cremation so there may be religious requirements which need to be taken into account.
Here are some of the most common questions people ask about burials and cremations.
Can a body or ashes be moved at a later date
Burial of the body or ashes is generally considered to be the final resting place of an individual and as such, exhuming the remains requires permission from the Ministry of Justice. This is only granted very rarely and where there are exceptional circumstances.
When permission has been granted, the exhumation is normally overseen by a funeral director.
How do I decide between a burial and a cremation?
In some cases the deceased will have left instructions on cremation or burial, which means that the next of kin won’t have to make the decision themselves. At other times, it may have been discussed verbally so there’s no doubt about which option to pick.
Most religions permit cremations but there are some exceptions. Jewish, Muslim and Orthodox Christian traditions specify that it must be a burial.
A burial is generally more expensive but it’s important to make sure all the costs have been factored in. The cost of burial for the ashes is not included in the price so it may appear cheaper than it really is.