Posted on July 19, 2016 by Mica Matlack
Immediate burial, also known as direct burial or simple burial, is the interment of a body in the days immediately following death. Immedited burial, similar to direct cremation, is one of the most cost effective burial options available and is offered by all funeral homes in the United States.
Immediate burial is the committal of a body immediately following a death with no embalming, service or ceremony at the funeral home. Immediate burial, similar to direct cremation, is a simple method of disposition that must be offered and listed on the general price list of all funeral homes.
An immediate or direct burial costs a fraction of a full service funeral because it negates the use of potentially costly services such as embalming, cosmetic preparation of the body, viewings and ceremonies facilitated at or by the funeral home.
From the casket to the body, the substances being interred are left in a more natural state than with other burial methods. This allows the body and container to decompose at a faster rate and decrease the amount of harmful substances put into environment.
Whether you are short on funds or short on time, immediate burial is by far the most efficient burial option. Because of its informal nature, planning is significantly easier. You can host a memorial service at a time and location most convenient for you and your family, which is ideal in instances where a death occurred out-of-state.
In many cases, if a family desires a graveside service, the funeral home will allow them to add one to the immediate burial package (often at a cost).
Immediate burials are the most basic and simplest means of interment, with no service, viewing or embalming. Some funeral homes may allow you to add a simple service, such as a graveside service, for an additional cost. Other services such as a viewing, visitation, and funeral service will change your burial choice from immediate burial to full-service burial, significantly increasing the costs. Be sure to read the General Price List thoroughly and clarify any questions you have with the funeral director. Memorial services at a time and place chosen by the family can can be held at any point in time before or after a burial takes place.