Cremation is quickly becoming a popular choice for Americans when preparing for their own final arrangements or for family making arrangements for a loved one. Cremation (much like traditional burials) is another way to prepare a loved one’s remains for memorialization. Many famous people have been cremated. It’s also important to remember cremation does not replace the tradition of a wake or funeral in memory of your loved one – you can still have a wonderful service to celebrate your loved one’s life and remember them.
To help you get a better understanding, here are a few things you should understand about cremation: Depending on who you ask, cremation is indeed more environmentally friendly. Did you know that traditional American funerals use each year 30 million board feet of wood for caskets, 90,000 tons of steel, 1.6 million tons of concrete (for burial vaults) and 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid? Cremation on the hand offers much greener options. For those who want to have their loved one’s remains buried, burial urns and even biodegradable urns are available in many styles and colors. Cremation costs way less. Cremation is a much more affordable option across the board. Many people are older Americans who live on a fixed income. For those people, cremation is the approach by far! Traditional burials costs have risen over 800% in the last 50 years and that means the average cost for a traditional burial has risen to more than $7000. Cremation costs have remained very low and seem to have remained steady for many years.
Cremation offers more customization – Memorializing your loved one’s memory with cremation does not mean you can only scatter ashes. You can create a custom urn and celebrate their life in many ways and anytime you wish. You can also take a portion of their remains and have several companies create glass art, jewelry and much more! There are even “urn pendant necklaces” that allow you to place a small portion of your loved one’s remains within the pendant. The possibilities are endless.
We live in a mobile world. If you choose Cremation, you can take your loved one with you if you move or travel. You are no longer limited to a burial plot in a certain cemetery in order to visit or remember your loved one. This gives many families the peace of mind they need when considering a move to another state or even around the world which makes Cremation a great option for military families or families with employment that requires frequent moves.
By offering you more options and saving you more money you can easily see why cremation is the the best choice among families who want peace of mind when planning final arrangements for their loved one. Let us show you your options without any pressure at A Plus Cremation. Call us at (512) 221-0603 today or start the planning process here.