Posted on: 16 March 2016Share
Cremation is becoming a more popular choice for those planning a funeral. Although it is true that this is not always an option for everyone due to religious beliefs or family traditions, if cremation is something that is possible for you, then you should think about the following three reasons that make cremation a good choice.
Cremation saves money
This is not an issue for everybody, but it is certainly something to think about. You may want to leave your loved ones an inheritance, but the cost of a funeral can be expensive. Even an insurance policy may not be enough to cover the expense. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average cost of a funeral in 2010 was $6560, and keep in mind, this is just an average. Cremation services, on the other hand, average $1,650; this is according to the Cremation Association of North America. This includes a memorial service and an urn for the ashes. This savings can help those with limited financial resources at the time of their death, and allow your loved ones to enjoy the proceeds of a life insurance policy without needing to spend all of it on a funeral.
Cremation is environmentally friendly
A traditional funeral requires the use of a casket, and a typical casket is not biodegrade. In addition, these caskets, when not interred in a mausoleum, take up a lot of real estate. It may not seem like a lot of ground for a single person, but the number of people who are buried over time take up a lot of space. Eventually, a deceased body will return to the environment, but it will take a long time, and the caskets have materials, such as metal, that will never degrade. Those who choose to have their bodies embalmed will stretch the decomposition time even longer. Cremation, on the other hand, returns your entire molecular composition back to the natural world it came from, and it does so quickly.
Flexibility regarding the funeral scheduling
When you are cremated, there is a greater flexibility regarding when the funeral can be held. With a traditional funeral, there is a limited time frame in which the funeral can be held, due to decomposition of the body. But with a cremation, you can have a memorial service long after the body is cremated. This gives people more time to plan for their attendance.
Cremation is certainly not for everyone, but it is beginning to grow in popularity. The reasons listed above may be something for you to contemplate when planning your own funeral arrangements.
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