I was on another forum where a member announced a friend and also member of that same community passed away and it got me thinking about this. He said that they opted straight for cremation and that option just seems too radical and harsh, unless that person confirmed he/she wanted to be cremated. Cremation has its upsides and downsides, in my opinion. Once you're cremated you're just ashes and don't take any space and your loved ones can keep you in a box/bottle/case/etc, but that's it in terms of positive aspects. For me burial is the better option, because regardless of "after we're dead it doesn't matter" which I agree partly but for those that are alive it does matter so if they want to still visit that person who has departed they can, the body does deteriorate as time passes though that's entirely normal as the body is no longer alive. The cost of funeral and burial issues: If you own a farm or a backward big enough to bury your loved ones then you can cut the costs and do it all privately, although some countries have a stick up their arses if people do this so better check the laws (or just don't inform govt workers / police about it or some asshole family member that can get you into trouble). The issue of the cemeteries: I'm no expert by any means in any of this but I've been to several cemeteries and saw other several by afar and they were completely full! This is just unacceptable, seriously. Now, if there are family relatives who can't afford to bury their loved ones or the grave workers bury people then this is where cremation would come in handy to help cemeteries from being overfull. I know it's a morbid topic to bring up but hell, we're all one day going to die.