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This page, and the one regarding 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 used by funeral professionals to describe the final placement of the deceased's remains.

Although your initial decision for the disposition of the remains is between burial and cremation, there are several variations on each.

Whichever choice you make, the remains will eventually return to its natural elements.

Burial Choices

If the body is buried:

Why People Choose Burial

Although the trend is moving toward cremation, the majority of North Americans still choose to bury their dead and to be buried themselves. Here are some reasons you might choose burial.

1. Burial is traditional within your family, religious group, or geographical area

2. You do not like the idea of the remains being "burned"

3. You want to erect a monument on the grave

Decisions You Must Make If You Choose Burial