As we age, Baby Boomers must face the reality that someday this is all going to end. And that day is no longer an abstract event. Whether a near term possibility or a sign post on the distant horizon, death comes for us all. For everyone’s peace of mind, it behooves us to let our loved ones know how we wish our remains to be handled.
There are a number of burial options, more so than one would think. And costs run from minimal to very expensive:
- In-Ground Burial.
- Above Ground Burial in a Community Mausoleum.
- Above Ground Burial in a Lawn Crypt.
- Above Ground Burial in a Private Mausoleum.
- Natural Burial.
Environmentally-friendly options are rapidly gaining popularity. These can be as simple as placing the body in a shroud or cardboard box for burial to laying out a body for natural decomposition above the ground (where allowed).
Recommended Boomer Reading for Exploring your Options
To learn more about the options you have in planning for your demise, we suggest these quick reads:
- 11 Environmentally Friendly Burial Options
- BURIAL OPTIONS – Choosing Your Final Resting Place
- How Much Does a Funeral Cost?
The Bottom Line for Baby Boomers
No one likes to think about their own death. However, prior planning brings peace of mind for yourself and those responsible for handling your funeral.
As a Baby Boomer who has buried my parents and a sibling, I implore you to make prior arrangements for your own death. If possible, this should include purchasing a plan that covers the costs and simplifies the funeral process for your surviving family members. It is a kind thing to do to help them in a time of grief.