Cremation is an option that many people are choosing these days. If you are on the fence, here are a few reasons for choosing cremation instead of burial that may make the decision easier for you.
For some people, the thought of being buried in a cemetery is not one that is appealing. They prefer to spend all eternity at a site that has a special significance to them or to their loved one. It might be at a place that is sentimental such as their yard at home. It might be at a place where they have spent many happy hours, the lake they loved. They may opt to be buried or they may opt to be scattered, they have the choice.
One of the beauties of cremation is the compact size of the remains. This allows you to choose to keep your loved one at home with you forever if that is what you want. Urns come in many different styles and can be designed for in the home or in the garden. Whether it is the mantle or the gazebo, the choice is yours. Cremation is all about choices.
Economically speaking, cremation is less expensive than traditional burial. Depending on what part of the country you live in and what you expect from the funeral parlor, cremation averages about a third of the cost of a traditional funeral with embalmed body and casket. This does not include the cost of a burial site which in the Northeast average more than $500 per grave, which doesn’t include the price of the actual opening of the grave.
Many people are going green and cremation is much friendlier to the environment especially without the chemicals that are used in embalming. You can also purchase urns that are made from recycled materials and even biodegradable materials. This allows for almost no impact on the environment.
These days families are spread all over the country and even the world. For some cremation is the option that allows them to be buried at home in a family cemetery plot since you don’t need a whole grave for cremated remains.
41 percent of people are choosing cremation according to New York Times article. That figure is expected to rise by at least 15 percent within the next ten years. For many years cremation was not considered appropriate disposal human remains by certain religious institutions. Times have changed and with the decrease in participation in organized religion, the number of cremations has increased proportionally.
Choosing cremation over traditional burial is a very personal decision. Only you can know if it is right for you and your loved ones. But most of all it is about having the ability to make an educated choice.
I have been an Internet writer for more than 16 years. While I specialize in travel, I write on a variety of subjects. I love genealogy, food, and fashion. I have 10 grandchildren so family travel is something we often do.