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Burial

Burial, also known as internment, is the method of placing a deceased body into the ground. Humans have buried their dead since ancient times, and this has been a practical option for millennia.

Burial alternatives

While traditional burials are still a common way to lay a loved one to rest, you have many options to consider. Burial alternatives offer a similar focus on remembrance and honoring your loved one, but the body isn't buried within the ground. Examples of burial alternatives are donation, cryonics, space burials, cremation, and even green burial. This is a highly personal choice, and it's a way to share your legacy.

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Burial costs

Burials are often considered to be the most traditional form of laying someone to rest after death. That being said, they're also the most expensive. Traditional burials involve costly products, like caskets, burial vaults, and the cost of a burial plot. Overall, these can cost families upwards of $7,000. However, in recent years, there has been a push for more transparency and cost-effective options for burials. It's important to understand all of your options.

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Burial urns and caskets

Burial urns and caskets are placed within the ground, typically in a cemetery. These come in all different types of materials, colors, and sizes. Burial urns hold cremated remains, while burial caskets hold the bodies of the deceased. Traditionally, these are buried 6 feet below the ground, and this is still common practice in most parts of the world today. The more you know about burial urns and caskets, the better prepared you'll be to make an informed decision.

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Green burials

While traditional burials are costly and take a toll on the environment, green burials offer a new alternative. In a green burial, the body is placed into the earth naturally, without the use of a metal casket or burial vault. The purpose of a green burial is to allow the body to naturally return to earth, similar to how humans were buried in ancient times. This is a more affordable, eco-friendly choice.

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Religious & cultural burial traditions

There's much you can learn about a culture from their traditions around death and dying. Burial is an important way to say goodbye to loved ones in many parts of the world, and each culture has its own ways to honor the dead. From special prayers to wakes, these customs are a way for families to get the support they need while expressing grief over their loss.

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By Jasmine Tanguay, BA, MS

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By Adam Waltner, BA in Creative Writing & American Literature

Cremation vs. Burial: Pros, Cons & Cost of Each

By Sam Tetrault, BA in English

Graveside Burial Services: What to Expect & How to Plan

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education