What do you need to know about cremation? Well, cremation is quickly becoming a popular choice for Americans when preparing for their own final arrangements. With the influx of information, some facts need clarification.
Cremation (like traditional burials) is another way to prepare a loved one’s body for memorialization. It’s no longer taboo. Many famous celebrities have been cremated. And it’s important to remember cremation does not replace the tradition of a wake or funeral in memory of your loved one. To help you get a better understanding, here are five things you need to know about cremation:
Cremation is argued to be more environmentally friendly – Did you know that traditional American funerals are responsible for the use of 30 million board feet of wood for caskets, 90,000 tons of steel, 1.6 million tons of concrete (for burial vaults) and 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid? Cremation, on the other hand, offers greener solutions. For those who wish to have their loved one’s remains buried, burial urns and even biodegradable urns are available.
Cremation saves money – Cremation is a more affordable option. Many of us are still recovering from the economic recession, and others are older Americans who live on a fixed income. For those, cremation is the best way to go. According to this inforgraph, traditional burials costs have risen 827 percent in the last 50 years. That means the average cost for a traditional burial has risen to $6560.00. Cremation costs have stayed relatively low at $3725.00.
Cremation offers more room for personalization – Paying tribute to your loved one’s memory with cremation does not mean you can only scatter ashes. You can create a custom urn and have a celebration of life party to create a personal memorial. The possibilities are endless.
Cremation: Hey! It’s portable – Since we live in a mobile society, you can take your loved one with you if you move or travel. You are no longer limited to a burial plot in order to visit or remember your loved one. You can create a private memorial in your own home or garden.
Cremation: it’s secular – Since most folks identify themselves as “spiritual not religious,” this is quickly becoming a popular option. Most religions now have special considerations if someone wished to be cremated.
By offering you more options and saving you more money you can easily see why cremation is the popular choice among families who want peace of mind when planning final arrangements.