End-of-life Options:
A Comparison Guide

Each day, potential donors ask us about the differences between burial, cremation, university donation, organ donation, and body donation to science.

Burial vs. Cremation vs. Donation: Which is right for you?

We would like to explain the differences between each of these end-of-life options in an honest and transparent manner. Here at Wysteria Mosaic, we only coordinate body donation to science.

Traditional Burial
Burial best fits families wanting a traditional viewing or funeral service. The body is typically embalmed for preservation, placed in a casket, and then a cemetery plot. A newer and less traditional approach is Green Burials, an eco-friendly biodegradable casket option, that is generally less expensive. Average cost is usually $9,000-$10,000.
Traditional Cremation
Cremation has grown to be the most common end-of-life choice, offering a variety of options for final disposition. The body is reduced to fine particles known as cremated remains. Remains are placed in an urn, interred in a tomb or mausoleum, or scattered over a favorite place. If direct cremation is chosen, using a cremation service versus a traditional funeral home can help to reduce costs. Usually $1,100-$3,700.
Donation To Science
This is one of the most cost-effective options for end-of-life. Most who register will be accepted. Return of remains vary by program. Unless you register or enroll with a program that offers guaranteed acceptance, donations can be declined at the time of passing (based on needs in current research projects), so alternate arrangements are recommended.

Next Steps?

Always know and understand all your end-of-life options so you can make an informed decision that works best for you and your loved ones. When researching potential providers, remember to ask them about your personal needs, locations and service options. Ensure you understand all associated costs and fees, so there are no surprises to your loved ones.