In the funeral industry, it is no question that cremation services have become a popular option for families across the country. In 2018 the national cremation rate was greater than 53%, and CANA (Cremation Association of North America) predicts that by 2023, the national cremation rate could top 59%. The industry is quickly adjusting to this new normal to be sure we are meeting consumers’ needs.
When we meet with families, we often find that they either don’t understand or can’t agree upon their needs when it comes to cremation vs. traditional burial. It is important to educate yourself on the pro’s and con’s of each to make sure your needs and the needs of your loved ones are met when a method of disposition is chosen.
Traditional burial has been the most common method of disposition for centuries. People tend to choose burial with a traditional funeral because of personal preference or religious reasons. Sometimes, burial costs can also play a role in choosing the alternative.
Cremation is becoming increasingly popular across the country. There are many benefits for those that can wrap their head around the realities of this method of disposition.
The last “Con” for those who choose cremation is an important one. Many of the pro’s and con’s listed above are very subjective, but across the industry, funeral professionals agree on the importance of service and a permanent resting place. Whether it be a funeral service, visitation, or graveside committal, all are important in their own way.
Funeral services give opportunities for friends and family to share memories and celebrate a lost loved one’s life. Consult with your local funeral director to learn more about some
Visitations allow members of the community to gather, show support to the family, and grieve together.
Graveside services are the final step in this initial part of the grieving process. This helps give the close family and friends the closure they need to begin a healthy journey of healing.
Permanent resting places ensure you will always have a place to go to remember your lost loved one. When remains are taken home or scattered, there is a lot of long-term uncertainty. Favorite parks can be turned into parking lots and urns that sit on your shelf may not have any value once you are gone.
Hopefully, the information above has helped you form your own opinion about cremation vs. burial and the final disposition for you or your loved ones. No matter which method you choose, I also hope you’ll consider making services and a final resting place priorities in your pre-planning.
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