Why Choose Cremation
Everyone has their own personal reasons for choosing cremation over traditional casketed burial. Sometimes the reason is purely personal – perhaps based on a simple dread of in-ground burial and the lengthy decomposition process.
In 2011, Kevin Sack noted that financial concerns are the primary force acting on many families faced with the death of a loved one. "All but taboo in the United States 50 years ago, cremation is now chosen over burial in 41 percent of American deaths, up from 15 percent in 1985, according to theCremation Association of North America. Economics is clearly one of the factors driving that change."
"Cremation is definitely one of the most affordable ways to go, when you go," notes Jim T. Miller. "Costs usually run between $600 and $3,000, which are significantly lower than the average full-service funeral that averages around $10,000 today."
Cremation Costs are Only One Reason
Given the religious, ethnic, and regional diversity among us, there are many other reasons for the dramatic rise in the number of cremations performed each year. According to Tyler Mathisen, one of those reasons "is the softening of the Catholic church's views of the practice. For centuries – until 1963, in fact – the church outlawed it. The church's laws still express a preference for burial. But the outright ban is a thing of the past and now."
He goes on to tell readers that the decline in nuclear families is another reason. "As more Americans live far from hometowns and parents, and as family burial plots have waned in popularity and accessibility, millions have turned to cremation as a practical and cost-effective way to care for a loved one's remains."
Let's not forget that cremation allows a family the flexibility they may need in planning and preparing for a memorial service, celebration-of-life, or a scattering ceremony. While the cremation process can occur almost immediately (once all the proper paperwork is complete), the decisions required in planning a meaningful memorial for a cherished loved one can be made in a relaxed, rational way.
You can also be sure that concern for the environment ranks very high among many who choose cremation. Certainly, the fact that casketed and embalmed remains are taking up cemetery space and polluting the ground water but many still question the amount of atmospheric pollution created by the cremation process. According to Cara Terreri, alkaline hydrolysis or resomation, "does release CO2 emissions...the amount of emissions is one-tenth of that produced from cremation. Additionally, the energy required to perform alkaline hydrolysis is approximately 85 percent less than what is needed for cremation."
Are You Ready to Chat about Cremation?
We want you to know that no matter your reasons for choosing cremation, we're here to help you explore your options. When you're ready to spend some time with us talking about cremation costs or planning the details of your cremation service, call us at (440) 942-0700 to set an appointment or simply drop by our office. You can also send us an email via our online Contact Us form.
Mathisen, Tyler, "Cremation is the Hottest Trend in the Funeral Industry", 2013
Miller, Jim T., "How to Find Affordable Cremation Services", Huffington Post, 2013
Sack, Kevin, "In Tough Times, a Boom in Cremations as a Way to Save Money", The New York Times, 2011