Cremation societies provide information and resources to people in the midst of a difficult time: the death of a loved one. Those who are interested in cremation as an alternative to ground burial can find a cremation society to answer their questions about cremation—from the very basics about the cremation process to the locations of local crematories.
A Hub of Information
Consumers want to know information about the options and business practices of funeral homes and crematories—especially if they are facing losing, or have lost, a loved one. National cremation societies developed as way to educate consumers about cremation processes, costs and options in their areas. Essentially, cremation societies provide a roadmap for the tough, sometimes confusing, decisions surrounding memorializing a loved one.
There are several cremation societies that produce journals to document technical developments, ethical considerations, rates and statistics of cremation. In these instances, cremation societies reach beyond individual consumers and contribute to the worldwide base of information about cremation, as well as serving as a resource for cremation and funerary professionals.
Cost Savings and Convenience
Most legitimate cremation societies are actually membership organizations that charge members a small fee (approximately $15-30) to join. The societies are typically for-profit businesses. Members receive benefits, like the right to have a cremation service at lower costs than funeral homes. Members of cremation societies may be charged as low as $500 for cremation services, as compared to a beginning cost of $1,500 for the same services at a traditional funeral home.
Cremation societies also provide convenience; they can provide help with memorial services, obituary placements and disposition of remains. Some societies are also cremation service providers, making it unnecessary to seek out a separate crematorium.
Find a Cremation Society
Some of the most common cremation societies include The Internet Cremation Society, Cremation Association of North America, or the Cremation Society of America. These are excellent starting places for discovering more about cremation processes and options.