Years ago people never really thought of cremation as a viable choice after death. Families bought burial plots and had a traditional funeral complete with visitation at the funeral home and church service on the day of burial. Nowadays, people are choosing cremation as an option for many reasons. The stigma associated with being cremated and put into an urn earn to be kept by a loved one has dissipated about as quickly as the appeal of being buried in a traditional cemetery. Here are a couple of reasons why people are choosing cremation as opposed to traditional funerals.
Cremation is More Economical
Cremation is less expensive than a traditional burial. You can expect to spend upwards of $5,000 just from the services of the funeral parlor including embalming and casket, when you opt for a traditional funeral. This doesn’t take into consideration the burial plot, the church, or any other service you may need. Cremation on the other hand costs about one third of this price. There is no need to purchase a burial plot if you are cremated because a loved one can keep your ashes with them or they can sprinkle your ashes in accordance to your predetermined will. If you live in another part of the country from your family, cremation is a viable alternative that allows you to be buried in a family plot in another part of the country or world. It is a lot less expensive to ship cremains that it is to ship a body in a casket.
Cremation is More Environmentally Friendly
This is probably the last thing on your mind when thinking of burial, but cremation is much more environmentally friendly than traditional funerals. The traditional way of treating a body pumps it full of chemicals to preserve it. With cremation, there is no need to do this. The body is incinerated and the ashes collected in an urn. The urns are even environmentally friendly with choices made out of recycled and even biodegradable materials. If you choose to have your ashes scattered in a special place, you don’t have to worry about the impact of ashes on the environment either.
Escaping the Somber Cemetery
This is one of the main reasons beyond the price that help people to decide on cremation. Many people do not see the appeal of being buried in a cemetery for eternity. The thought is that once the person is dead then there is no reason to preserve the body and bury it. The same purpose can be met by cremating the body and putting the ashes into an urn. If the family is set on a gravesite, then the ashes can be added to a burial plot, but a smaller one can be used which will also save money. Many religions are now allowing members to be cremated whereas before this practice was frowned upon. There are even memorial gardens being set up for members of the church who choose this option.