Benefits of cremation when considering how to deal with a loved one’s death
The benefits of this post-modern practice can be summarized in the following key points:
• Low Cost
• Social acceptance
Once cremated, the remains can then be placed in a vessel of your preference for convenient storage. Whether you are moving between cities or countries, you can carry take your loved one with you. This in its own brings a lot of emotional refuge because you won’t have to imagine being detached to the person you had shared so much with.
When it comes to memorialization, it is especially convenient because you have the cremains of your loved one with you. Not only will you have the liberty to celebrate the life on the one who has passed on, you will be at peace by knowing you are caring for them even if they are no longer alive.
Disposal could also be a great way to act in the best interest of that special someone. You may choose to place the remains on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains or mix the ashes with cement, scatter them in the Pacific to form coral reefs that will last forever!
Traditional funerals and burial ceremonies have been costing a fortune. At an average cost of $7,045 for a normal service, it’s not hard to see why many people have shifted to more affordable methods. On average, cremation will cost you about $2000, non-inclusive other services.
Cost, in fact, has been ranked top by almost 30% of Americans as the deal breaker when picking options for laying loved ones. Therefore with this alternative, you would have saved money for other urgencies.
3. Social acceptance
When you choose to honour your loved one in this way, believe you me, you will not be the only one having made this decision. With more than 12 of every 28 Americans having used this method of laying their loved ones to rest, you can feel good that you’re not alone.
Besides, religious constraints have become a little watered down. The Catholic Church for example, had looked upon individuals who practiced this. It was only up until 1963 when Pope John Paul VI said it was okay with the church and anyone who cremated their loved ones could still partake of the sacrament. Therefore, for the religious folk, you should not shy away from this practice as it is still viable by religious standards.
4. Environmental consciousness
As the world heads towards a more sustainable and greener future, the ‘death care’ industry will not be left behind. Methods of combusting dead bodies have come, in part, as a great favour towards sustainability. While an average gravesite will take up an average 192 cubic feet of space, on the other hand, you will only end up incurring heating costs to end up with 4 to 6 pounds of cremains in an urn. We haven’t considered the cost of caskets (about $2,000), the bulky tombstones that bear a huge carbon footprint as they’re shipped from 3rd world nations (India being the major player) and the perpetual watering and maintenance costs.
These are just some of the unnecessary costs that could be avoided should you opt out of running with the traditional practices.