Why Cremation Services Are So Popular
Cremation services in Phoenix, AZ have soared in the last 30 or 40 years. Cremations now outpace burials, not only in Arizona, but across the United States. Analysts in the funeral industry predict that cremations will account for approximately four-fifths of funerals in the upcoming years.
So, why have cremation services become so popular among Americans? There is not a single reason, but instead many reasons.
One reason for the popularity of cremation services is that there is a lot of flexibility regarding what to do with the cremation remains. Portions of the cremation remains can be used for several purposes. Some of them can be stored in a decorative urn that the family keeps. Some can be buried in a cemetery plot.
Some of the cremation remains can be used to make wearable jewelry. Some of the cremation remains can be scattered in a place that was meaningful to the deceased. Some of the cremation remains can be used in keepsakes so that each family member has a part of their loved one with them.
There are even more unique ways to use cremation remains as well. They can be mixed with soil and seeds that can be planted and produce a living memorial. They can be used to make reefs that scientists place on the bottom of the ocean to sustain marine life. They can be mixed with tattoo inks to create customized tattoos and they can be mixed with oil-based paints and used by artists to create a beautiful painting.
Another reason for the popularity of cremation services is transportability. As Americans have become more mobile, people die further and further away from their homes, where family members may be buried.
It is quite easy for the funeral home – or the deceased’s immediate family – to get cremation remains shipped back to the deceased’s hometown for burial in the same cemetery as the rest of their relatives.
A wide variety of customizable options is another reason why cremation services have become so popular. The funeral home has a large selection of urns to choose from to hold your loved one’s cremation remains. These can be customized to reflect the style and personality of your loved one.
Memorial service options are also virtually unlimited. Because most cremations are direct cremations (meaning the deceased is cremated before a service is held), memorial services can be planned for a time that is convenient for everyone to attend.
The format of memorial services is open to interpretation and taste. You might have a memorial service that features people who share their stories and memories of your loved one. You might have a memorial service that is centered around memory tables filled with pictures and personal items that reflect the things that were important in your loved one’s life. Or, you might hold a memorial service for your loved one at their favorite restaurant, eating their favorite foods and toasting the life they lived.
This level of customization that cremation services offers is very attractive to people, because they find that they can be as involved as they desire in the funeral arrangements for their loved one and they don’t have to follow a specified format.
These are just some of the reasons why cremation services have become so popular. There are many more that Americans are discovering as they move toward making cremation services their preferred method of final disposition.
If you want to know more about cremation services in Phoenix, AZ, our compassionate and experienced staff at Simply Cremations & Funeral Arrangements can help.