The terms burial and cremation are often confused. Although they are somewhat related, as both are concerned with the range of options available for the eternal rest of a loved one, they are quite different. Here are the main differences between the two:
This is an option accepted by the doctrine of the Catholic religion, as long as the mortal remains are kept in a place where the faithful can gather to pray for the soul of the deceased. It is also a rite accepted by the Muslim and Jewish religions, if the precepts of each are followed. The body kept in a coffin has a decomposition time of 15 to 50 years. In Spain, it is only possible to carry out burials or interments in cemeteries. DNA can be extracted from a buried body.
It is also an acceptable option for the Catholic Church, if the remains are in a place accessible for prayer. Hinduism also accept this option. The body doesn’t decompose. The mortal remains are treated for cremation, a process that lasts between 2 and 5 hours. The ashes resulting from the cremation process can be thrown into the sea, kept in an urn, buried, etc. DNA cannot be recovered from a cremated body.

Advantages and disadvantages of burial
The truth is that there is no clear advantage over cremation. The only noteworthy aspect is that this process is accepted by most religions, as it is believed to respect the natural process of decomposition of the body. Another possible advantage is that, as the remains of the deceased person are located in a specific place, it is easier to visit them in case their relatives believe in the doctrines of any religion or need to do so.
The big disadvantage compared to cremation is that it is a much more expensive process, so it may not be accessible to some families with limited financial resources or without funeral insurance.

Advantages and disadvantages of cremation
The great advantage of cremation or incineration is that it is much less expensive than burial. As a result, it is an increasingly popular option, especially for families with limited financial resources or for young people whose parents do not have a life insurance policy. In addition, the cremation process makes it much more convenient to transport the remains of the deceased and, generally speaking, it is a much quicker process.
The cremation process also offers other advantages, such as the need for less burial space and no maintenance costs.
Among the main disadvantages of cremation are that it is not an option accepted by many religions, its process damages the environment by emitting gases, and DNA remains cannot be preserved in case they are needed in the future.
In any case, and if the circumstances of each family allow it, the important thing is to choose the option that is most respectful and honourable to the memory of the person who has left us.