Cremation Popularity Surpasses Burial – This Infographic Explains Why

Cremation popularity has risen steadily over the years. In fact, the percentage of persons choosing cremation surpassed those choosing burial in recent years, and the trend shows no sign of reversing. Why has the growth of cremation popularity become so persistent? As you can see in the infographic below based on funeral industry information, reasons range from typically lower overall costs to fewer religious restrictions to perceived environmental benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the trend toward choosing cremation, and at what types of services are being chosen today:

Cremation Alternatives

Whether the choice is burial or cremation, families have many alternatives to meet their budget and service wants and needs. At Stillinger Family Funeral Home, we have decades of experience helping families pay tribute and honor their loved ones via both burial and cremation.

When choosing cremation, there are three primary alternatives – as the infographic illustrates: direct cremation, cremation after a service with viewing, and cremation followed by a service (with no viewing).

The simplest – and typically the most economical – cremation option is direct cremation. This alternative typically includes basic cremation with few personalized options. A direct cremation package may include the cremation process, the cremation casket or container, a basic urn, and transfer of the deceased. The cremains (ashes) are turned over to a designated survivor.

Cremation can also be combined with a memorial service with a set visitation time. This can be done either before or after the cremation process. If the service is to be held prior to cremation, we can prepare the body for viewing. If no public presentation of the body is desired, cremation can be done first, and the ashes may be present at the service in an urn.

As the infographic shows, cremation makes unique commemorative options available, too, from distinctive urns to remembrance jewelry to environmental alternatives like tree urns and memorial reefs.

Regardless of the options selected, it’s easy to see why cremation popularity has been steadily rising and cremation has become the choice of so many thoughtful families.

To learn more about cremation services available through Stillinger Family Funeral Home, contact us at (317) 462-5536.

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