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Why Choose Cremation - Benefits and Options of Cremation


Why Choose Cremation - Benefits and Options of Cremation

Cremation has become a popular option in the United States, with over 50% of people choosing cremation. According to industry experts, this number will continue to rise for the foreseeable future.

In 2000, about 1 in 4 people chose cremation. In 2012, 43% of people were choosing cremation. At the same rate, by 2030, 70% of people will be choosing cremation. (

Here are some of the benefits, options, and reasons why people choose cremation.

1. Cremation can cost a fraction of funeral and burial costs.

Depending on where you live and the cremation options you select, cremation costs will range from $600-$5,000. Cremation cost is significantly lower than the average full-service funeral with in-ground burial that can cost over $10,000 and higher. For families who wish to minimize funeral costs, cremation is a more affordable alternative to a traditional burial. Low-cost is why cremation has become a popular choice over the past decade.

2. Most religions now accept cremation.

Cremation has become accepted by most religions, but you should check with your church or affiliation to be positive. A few religions, such as Islam and Judaism, do not allow cremation.

3. You don't have to buy a casket or coffin.

A casket or coffin is not required for cremation. Most state laws only require an "alternative container" that must be fully combustible, leak-proof, and free of metal parts. Most containers commonly used for cremation are made of rigid cardboard, laminate, or plywood. Suppose you would like to have a funeral or viewing before the cremation. In that case, rental caskets are available at most funeral homes.

4. Can you have a funeral or viewing before cremation?

Many people are under the misconception that you can't have a funeral or a viewing if you choose cremation. This is a myth; most available services with a traditional funeral are also available for cremation.

5. Have a memorial service where and when you choose.

Suppose you need more time to grieve or prepare a memorial service. In that case, you can wait until after the cremation process and even have the end of life celebration in the future.

With cremation, a memorial service can occur almost anywhere. Such as a park, home, farm, beach, or a loved one's favorite spot.

As you can see, cremation has many advantages and offers you many affordable choices. So there's no reason to rush your decision. Talk with your family and create the perfect celebration of life.

Additional Reasons People Choose Cremation

    • Cremains can be scattered at multiple sites.
    • Cremains can be shared between children or with other family members.
    • A loved one's cremains can be placed in jewelry and other memorial items so that your loved one is always close.
    • Donate a body to science to help medical students and studies.

If you're considering cremation but are not sure how to get started, contact Eternal Cremations with any questions or concerns you have.

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