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Funeral vs Cremation: What’s Best for You? November 17, 2016

More people than ever are choosing cremation over a traditional funeral and burial. There are positive and negatives aspects to both, so which is right for you? Since you can’t reverse the cremation process, it is important you consider them carefully.


While cremation is now widely accepted by most religions, some may still not feel comfortable with a cremation from a personal religious aspect. Selecting one or the other is a very personal choice and your beliefs should play a role to give you peace of mind in your decision. At Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory, we are very familiar with a wide range of religious traditions regarding both burials and cremations. We can conduct services in compliance with yours.


If cost is a factor, you can save considerably with decisions based around a cremation vs a traditional funeral and burial. Your cost savings may not be as dramatic as you think if you decide, however, to go with a showing, visitation, full services and a cemetery burial for your ashes. We can help you better compare exact pricing during your pre-planning, depending on desired services.

Travel of Family and Friends

If you have a lot of family and friends who would have to travel to a funeral, a cremation can allow more flexibility in scheduling services. A cremation can allow for services to be held weeks, or even months afterward.

The Green Factor

Most consider cremation a more environmentally friendly choice. You are not using up land space for a traditional burial. You are not being embalmed. There is no need for a casket or a cement vault or the energy and fuel it takes to make and transport them. With cremation, you can even select a biodegradable container for the burial of your ashes.

Family Tradition and Desires

You should, of course, consider the role of the family in your decision. Will they accept your decision and be comfortable with it? It is not an easy subject to bring up, but you should let family members know what you are thinking and get feedback. With proper pre-planning, the final decision is still yours.

We Are Here to Help

At Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory, we have been serving families in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area since 1878. We can assist you if you are in a time of need or if you are planning for the future. We will be honored to discuss your wishes and show you how to go about seeing those wishes through. Whether you decide on a traditional funeral and burial or a cremation, we can help families with social security, veterans benefits, and personalized service. Consider your options carefully and feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.