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Benefits of Cremation
The Rise of Cremation
Cremation vs burial, for decades it’s been a debate among families making funeral arrangements. In years past, many of these debates were settled with the family selecting to bury their loved one. Burial services carry a certain level of tradition that many people believed is not only the correct method of disposition, but the only one that should be considered. The generations before them all buried their loved ones, so why should anything change?
In recent years though, families have begun to look past the ͞traditional͟ option and instead select the one that best suits their needs. Cremation offers many benefits compared to a traditional burial and families are now ushering in a new era of funeral service. In fact, more than 50% of Americans selected cremation services in 2016. And according to the National Funeral Directors Association, more than 70% of Americans will be selecting cremation by 2035.
Benefits of Cremation
You might find yourself wondering, why cremation? Simply put, for most of us, the benefits of cremation far outweigh those of a traditional burial. Like most major purchases, cost is often a deciding factor why people choose cremation. In most cases, the cost of a cremation service can be 40-50% less than a traditional burial. This is because the family does not need to purchase additional products and services like a burial plot, casket, vault, headstone and more.
Instead, the family can use these savings to help offset the costs of other parts of the service. By not having to spend thousands on a casket, that money can be used to help plan a more meaningful celebration of life or memorial service.
A second benefit of cremation is cemetery availability. When a loved one is cremated, you don’t need to worry about finding a cemetery. Because burial was the preferred choice for many years, cemeteries across the country are beginning to get closer to capacity. This has put a premium on the cost of a burial plot at some cemeteries, especially if they are in a desired location. If you still wish to bury your loved one after they have been cremated, many cemeteries offer scattering gardens. This allows you to have the closure that comes from burying a loved one at a far more reasonable price.