For the first time ever in 2016, more than 50% of Americans chose to be cremated according to the National Funeral Directors Association. Data has shown that year after year, cremation rates have continued to rise with experts predicting ¾ of Americans will be opting for cremation vs burial by 2035.
You may find yourself asking, why cremation? For hundreds of years, burial services have been the norm. While there is a certain level of tradition in regard to burial services, today’s families are choosing to forego tradition and select the option that best meets their needs. In many ways, cremation represents the new era of funeral service and offers several benefits over traditional burial services.
When you look at the General Price List for most funeral homes, you will often find that cremation services are offered at a lower price than a traditional burial service. When a loved one is cremated, the costs are typically about 45-50% less than a burial service. This is because there is no need to purchase additional items like a casket, vault, or headstone.
Instead, the family is able to use the money they save on funeral expenses to plan a more meaningful celebration of life or memorial service. By not having to spend as much money caring for the remains, you can redirect that part of your budget to other areas.
A second major benefit of cremation is simplicity. In the days following the loss of a loved one, many people find themselves struggling to make arrangements while dealing with the initial grief of coping with a loss. A cremation service does not require much of the additional planning like coordinating with the cemetery, organizing pallbearers and others to participate in the service, planning a visitation, and much more. Instead, your family can focus attention and energy on comforting one another and dealing with the grief being experienced.
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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, call us at (603) 883-3401 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".