Why Choose Cremation - Benefits and Options of Cremation

Cremation has become a popular option in the United States, with over 50% of people choosing cremation. According to industry experts, this number will continue to rise for the foreseeable future.

In 2000, about 1 in 4 people chose cremation. In 2012, 43% of people were choosing cremation. At the same rate, by 2030, 70% of people will be choosing cremation. (brandongaille.com)

Here are some of the benefits, options, and reasons why people choose cremation.

1. Cremation can cost a fraction of funeral and burial costs.
Depending on where you live and the cremation options you select, cremation costs will range from $600-$5,000. Cremation cost is significantly lower than the average full-service funeral with in-ground burial that can cost over $10,000 and higher. For families who wish to minimize funeral costs, cremation is a more affordable alternative to a traditional burial. Low-cost is why cremation has become a popular choice over the past decade.

2. Most religions now accept cremation.
Cremation has become accepted by most religions, but you should check with your church or affiliation to be positive. A few religions, such as Islam and Judaism, do not allow cremation.

3. You don't have to buy a casket or coffin.
A casket or coffin is not required for cremation. Most state laws only require an "alternative container" that must be fully combustible, leak-proof, and free of metal parts. Most containers commonly used for cremation are made of rigid cardboard, laminate, or plywood. Suppose you would like to have a funeral or viewing before the cremation. In that case, rental caskets are available at most funeral homes.

4. Can you have a funeral or viewing before cremation?
Many people are under the misconception that you can't have a funeral or a viewing if you choose cremation. This is a myth; most available services with a traditional funeral are also available for cremation.

5. Have a memorial service where and when you choose.
Suppose you need more time to grieve or prepare a memorial service. In that case, you can wait until after the cremation process and even have the end of life celebration in the future.

With cremation, a memorial service can occur almost anywhere. Such as a park, home, farm, beach, or a loved one's favorite spot.

As you can see, cremation has many advantages and offers you many affordable choices. So there's no reason to rush your decision. Talk with your family and create the perfect celebration of life.

Additional Reasons People Choose Cremation
    • Cremains can be scattered at multiple sites.
    • Cremains can be shared between children or with other family members.
    • A loved one's cremains can be placed in jewelry and other memorial items so that your loved one is always close.
    • Donate a body to science to help medical students and studies.

If you're considering cremation but are not sure how to get started, contact Eternal Cremations with any questions or concerns you have.
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Many Cremation Options

Sometimes our clients think that cremation has limited choices. When actually, cremation can increase your options and at much lower cost then a funeral.


Please remember private spreading, is spreading ashes in a publicly accessible location. You have to refer to state and county laws to determine if there are any restrictions or permits to obtain before spreading.


The benefits of private spreading options are that they are typically inexpensive or free. You can choose a location that is important to you or your family. Families spread love-ones ashes in many locations all over the world.


Here is our list of ideas you can do with your loved one’s cremains. Start by reflecting on their passion and hobbies what they loved:

  • Scatter the ashes at sea. This honors boaters, captains, fishermen, and people who love the water and beach. A biodegradable container is what you need, so the ashes do not fly. 
  • Bury the ashes in your yard with a biodegradable container. You can have beautiful landscaping with a rose bush, butterfly bush, or under a tree. Remember, you must declare to the next homeowner the ashes are there.
  • Share your parent’s remains with your brother and sisters by using the smallest urns called keepsakes. 
  • You can buy a custom urn that you can enjoy in your home to keep your loved one close.   
  • Keep your loved one close with cremation jewelry for men and women. 
  • Create an eternal reef. A few companies will mix your loved one’s ashes with concrete and place them in the ocean. It becomes part of an underwater reef that you may go to visit.
  • Scatter the ashes into the air at a favorite location of your loved one. Great way to honor pilots, balloonists, and people who love the blue sky and stars. 
  • Have an outdoor niche that holds your loved ones remains in an above-ground columbarium niche.
  • Have a traditional burial in-ground plot or family plot with cremation ashes. The urns are buried at the head or foot of a gravesite.
  • There are also forest cemeteries where you choose the tree and ashes get placed into the earth.


An Eternal Word

Grieving the idea of the loss of our loved ones is difficult. However, the reality is, paperwork, expenses, and preparations need to be completed. By planning, you will lift the burden, keep costs within your budget, and help your family make it easier.

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A death certificate may not be the document anyone wants to think about but does have an essential purpose. There are several reasons why you may need to obtain a death certificate, typically to show proof of death for legal purposes. It can be reasonably easy for an immediate family member to get a copy of a death certificate.


Claiming Life Insurance – If you are the named beneficiary of a life insurance policy, no matter what your relationship to the deceased. You will need to produce a government-issued copy of the death certificate to claim those benefits. The process for claiming life insurance can be slow and painful—getting a copy of the death certificate as quickly as possible can help speed things along.


Pensions – If your spouse passes away, you may be entitled to benefits from their pension. However, you will have to provide various items to the company that issues it as proof of the death and your relationship to the deceased person. One of the most important documents you will need is the death certificate.


Settling Estates – When a loved one dies, settling their estate can be a very long and challenging process. You may need multiple copies of the death certificate to claim investments, access bank accounts, and property holdings. The more complex the estate, the more copies of the death certificate will be required.


Medicaid Benefits – In some cases, a spouse or child of an individual who has passed away will be able to claim Medicaid benefits that the deceased was eligible to receive.


The U.S. Government is very particular about whom they will transfer these benefits—and with good reason. A death certificate and proof of your relationship to the deceased person may be necessary to claim these valuable benefits.


Future Marriages – Some states may require a widow or widower who wants to remarry must provide a death certificate that their former partner has passed away. The document will help resolve any doubt that the potential bride or groom is unable to remarry.


As you can see, a death certificate comes in handy more often than you may first think. Ordering an initial set of death certificate copies is usually handled by the cremation company or funeral home as part of its services. Be sure to order additional copies, so you have them on hand.

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