Why Many Funeral Homes Now Offer Cremation Services

Funeral homes offer various funeral services, such as dealing with the necessary paperwork, placing obituaries in newspapers, providing choirs if requested, accepting donations from named charities on behalf of the bereaved, providing the hearse, graveside services and keeping records of those who attended the funeral service.

On top of these, many funerals homes now offer cremation services. Traditionally, ground burial used to be the most preferred form of send-off. Cremation was carried out by only certain religions and cultures, like the Hindu. But many reasons have made cremation popular beyond religious groups, and many funeral homes now have no option other than setting up cremation facilities to facilitate the process.

These are the reasons:

Cremation Is Comparatively Cheaper

Many bereaved family and friends on a budget choose cremation because it is pocket-friendly. If you do not buy those expensive add-ons the funeral home may convince you are necessary, cremation will cost you little. Direct cremation mainly does not involve visitation or funeral service costs.

Environment-friendly

Many renowned environmentalists prefer their remains to be cremated. They use this as their final bold statement in support of the conservative ideals they lived for, or almost died for, as in the case of Professor Wangari Maathai of Kenya.

Cremation does not require a coffin or any other material whose preparation damages the environment. The point is, if all the corpses are today cremated and disposed of without a burial, no wood will be cut to make a coffin and trees will breathe a sigh of relief.

Space and Hygiene

Medically, the body you cling to, call a “loved one” and give a decent send-off is actually a decomposing or rotting matter that can harm your health if not disposed of well. Burying many bodies in an area poses health risks, especially when buried near the surface of the earth.

With the population rising fast, the need to acquire more land has forced many people to encroach even to the cemetery lands. Living close to burial grounds comes with health hazards. Cremation is the answer to all these. Once a corpse is cremated, what remains is harmless ash. It can be scattered in the air or over oceans and lakes. The family can also decide to keep it in the house for memory. If they choose to bury the ashes, only a small space will be required.

Religious and Cultural Considerations

Religion and culture still play a role in how the send-off is carried out. The Hindu, which cremated their loved ones for centuries, still want their loved ones cremated. Many religions are not against cremation. Only a few ones like Islam and Orthodox Judaism do not accept it.

Parting Shot

Death, as Shakespeare said, will come when it will come. People do not always plan when or how to die. You can only try to live your life as safely as you can, to cheat death many times before it finally catches up with you. When it does, in what form would you wish you are transferred to the other side? That is the part you should plan and decide now.

Death is not a phenomenon; it is part of life. Indeed, it is dangerous for you to forget that you will die, or can die right now. Each Jew, in the times of Jesus, prepared his own grave in advance, knowing death will come when it will come. Jesus himself was buried in a someone else ready-made grave. If you make up your mind now that you should be cremated after death, put it in writing and give copies to your relatives.