Over the past decade, cremation has steadily grown as a viable alternative to a traditional burial. In fact, the Cremation Association of North America has predicted that by 2020—just two years from now—the U.S. will have a cremation rate of 54%, surpassing burials. But why have cremations become so popular, and what are their key advantages? Minges Funeral Home, in Harrison, OH, shares a few reasons why cremation is a popular end-of-life choice.
Why Many People Choose Cremation as an End-of-Life Choice
Traditional funerals can set families back somewhere between $6,000 and $8,000. For all but the wealthiest, that's a significant chunk of money. Cremations, on the other hand, are much more affordable, typically costing around a quarter of that. While there are plenty of non-financial reasons to be drawn to cremations, affordability is an important factor that shouldn’t be discounted.
2. A Chance to Be in Nature
Many families who cremate a loved one choose to scatter their remains at a beloved place: near the ocean, near a mountain range, or even in a favorite national park. Instead of a one-size-fits-all cemetery, cremation allows a person to be left among the greatest wonders of the natural world.
3. Leave More Space
With a human population that will soon hit 10 billion, overpopulation is a serious concern. With such soaring numbers of people comes crowded spaces, and cemeteries are no exception. Many are already filled to the brim, and some people don't like the idea of using untrammeled natural terrain to build more. Cremation uses very little, if any, space, and does far less to contribute to overcrowding.
Minges Funeral Home has been around since 1860; the longstanding funeral home prides themselves on balancing excellent products with affordability while also catering to the emotional needs of their clients. In addition to cremations and burials, they also offer funeral pre-planning services and monthly support groups for grieving widows and widowers. Visit the funeral home's website to learn more about their extensive offerings or call them directly at (513) 367-4544.