Benefits of Cremation
The Rise of Cremation
Did you know that in 2016, more than 50% of Americans who died were cremated? It’s true, 2016 marked the first time ever that the cremation
rate exceeded the burial rate in the United States. In fact, many experts are predicting that by 2035, nearly 75% of Americans will be opting for cremation vs burial.
Why cremation? Well for one, it offers several benefits that burial does not. In years past, burial was the traditional method that families used to care for their loved ones remains. Despite the higher cost and lack of flexibility, burial was how generations of families cared for their loved ones. In recent years though, the rate of cremation has grown drastically. Families are now choosing to forego tradition and instead selecting the method that best suits their needs. In many ways, cremation represents the new era of funeral service and offers several benefits over traditional burial services.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of cremation below.
Cost is often one of the most cited reasons why people choose cremation. On average, the cost of a cremation service can be up to 50% less than a traditional burial service. Because there is no need to purchase additional items like a casket, headstone, or vault, your family can stay within your budget and use the savings to help surviving family members or plan a more meaningful celebration of life or memorial service.
Over the past few years, global warming has become a reality and serious concern for many people. When it comes to caring for a loved one’s remains, cremation is often seen as the more green option. Because burial services often have the remains embalmed, the use of harsh chemicals can put the environment at risk. Although a crematory does release emissions, new equipment is constantly being developed to reduce the pollution and environmental impact.
For generations burial was the primary method of disposition for most families. A lack of space and increased costs are why more people are beginning to choose cremation. As cemeteries are beginning to approach capacity, many are now charging a premium for their remaining plots. One of the benefits of cremation is that it allows you to avoid the trouble of finding a burial plot. If you do wish to have your loved one buried, many cemeteries now offer scattering gardens where cremated remains can be spread and revisited.
For many people, the level of simplicity involved with cremation services is one the reasons why cremation is better. Generally, when a family buries a loved one, they also hold a funeral service. This can complicate the arrangement process because coordinating with the cemetery and planning for the services must happen before the remains can be cared. Typically, a celebration of life or memorial service is planned after cremation occurs. This gives your family more time to grieve and mourn in the immediate days following death instead of rushing to make funeral arrangements.
One of the most overlooked benefits of cremation is flexibility. As mentioned, a celebration of life or memorial service is often held after cremation has occurred. Because the remains have already been cared for, your family has the benefit of flexibility when making service arrangements. It is quite common for families to plan these services weeks or even months after the death has occurred. This allows you to not only plan a more meaningful ceremony, but also accommodate schedule and travel to ensure loved ones from far away can be in attendance.