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When it comes to funerals, most of us are used to traditional burial, because that is the type of funeral most people choose. Traditional burial is still the most common method of human remains disposal. However, cremation has been a rapidly growing choice for years now.
According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), the U.S. cremation rate was 45.3% in 2013, and is expected to reach 50.6% by 2018.
Why Choose Burial?
There are many reasons why people choose burial for themselves and their loved ones. Many people don’t even consider cremation if nobody else in their family has been cremated. Other reasons for choosing burial include:
Why Choose Cremation?
While some religions and cultures frown at cremation, others view cremation with respect and reverence. Other reasons people choose cremation include:
The Cremation Process: What to Expect
The cremation process is basically simple. Often, loved ones of the deceased make arrangements to transport the body directly to the crematorium once they have a death certificate and any other needed paperwork.
Note: Some crematoriums only work through funeral homes. This is another thing to consider when you are planning what type of funeral is needed.
When a body is ready to be cremated, it is placed in a container or shroud before being transported to the crematorium. You do not need to buy a coffin, but some states require some kind of alternative container, often little more than a simple cardboard box — your cremation service provider will inform you of your options.
At the crematorium:
Cremation Urns & Memory Chests
Cremated remains need to be kept safe in a cremation urn or a memory chest – and these days, urns and memory chests can take the form of almost anything, from simple metal urns, intricate artistic carved stone and detailed wooden boxes to sculpted busts, superhero action figures and stunning one-of-a-kind blown glass creations.
Obviously, with so many options, be sure to work the urn or memory chest cost into your budget when calculating funeral costs. It’s also something to think about when you’re planning and choosing the type of funeral you want.
Where to Buy Urns & Memory Chests
Many people still depend on their funeral provider for everything, including either purchasing the urn through the funeral provider or one its business partners. H
However, these days, one can buy an urn from a variety of different places, including funeral specialty shops, online shops, artisans who handcraft special requests and even big-box retail stores. When pre-planning, it’s best to enlist the help of some funeral-planning experts to aid you in finding exactly the right shop for the urn or memory chest you need.
If you need to choose a burial urn, note that there are two types: Permanent & Biodegradable.
Permanent Burial Urns
If you wish for the burial urn to stand the test of time against Mother Nature, a permanent burial urn is your only choice. They usually come in bronze, marble, ceramic, cloisonné or metal. It’s recommended that burial urns be placed in a burial vault before interment.
Biodegradable Burial Urns
Increasing in popularity year after year, biodegradable burial urns decompose over time, so the cremated remains are gradually released into the soil. The material from the urn leaves no trace, giving people a more environmentally friendly solution for burial. Many environmentalists make sure they pre-plan for the biodegradable burial urn option to leave a legacy of preservation.
Whatever you choose – and whatever your circumstances – make sure you know enough to make the right decisions for your family and your loved one. Get help from funeral planning experts and make difficult decisions a little easier.
At FuneralDecisions.com, we understand how emotionally and financially difficult it can be to lose a loved one. Our goal is to provide a powerful tool to help you make an educated purchase when looking for funeral homes and cemeteries in your time of need.