Cremation has increasingly become the most preferred choice of burial. Over 40% of all Americans are choosing cremation for different reasons. Several factors contribute to this increase in cremations, but two of these factors can easily be connected to cost and convenience.
Cost would be the number one reason that families choose to cremate. The cost is much cheaper mainly due to the fact that a casket and large vault is not needed as it needed in traditional funerals. Choosing cremation can save families several thousand dollars.
The burial of ashes at the cemetery can also be cheaper. Many cemeteries charge less for cremation opening and closing and allow at least two cremation burials per grave space. Some families don’t know that ash burial take place in cemeteries, Therefore, many people scatter the ashes or keep the ashes and pass them down from generation to generation.
When choosing cremation, convenience has been a big factor due to busy schedules and other family obligations. Memorials, funerals, and burials can easily be scheduled at a much later date which allows families plenty of time to plan services. Burials can also be scheduled during the warmer seasons even if the family member passes during colder seasons.
Although scattering and retaining the ashes is cheaper, there are also disadvantages to these methods. Scattering of ashes is considered illegal in most public places such as rivers, oceans, and many other areas on land. Scattering can also make it difficult for grieving families to be able to go to a place to remember and reflect on that family member’s life. When families scatter they may find it difficult for future family members to do genealogy since there isn’t any record of where those family members’ remains were placed. Those that keep the ashes and hand them down to different generations risk the chance of losing the ashes or ending up in the wrong hands. This can also be difficult for those doing genealogy in the future.
Burying cremations in a cemetery is the best way to avoid scattering and retaining conflicts. Burial of cremations are documented in cemetery lot books and can be in ground or above ground burials. In ground burials require a small concrete vault to protect the urn and are placed in the ground. This type of burial usually doesn’t include the concrete foundation and a monument. Above ground burials consist of mini columbarium’s, pillars, boulders, and benches. The urn is placed on a shelf or in a cored out area and is permanently sealed with doors and covers. These types of burials would be considered a monument and burial combination.
The rise of cremations has become more popular due to different factors. This has created several new options that cemeteries make available. Whether it’s cost or convenience, cemeteries can provide an affordable and legal method of interning cremations in a place where family can go to remember and reflect on the life of a loved one.