Latest data from the Cremation Association of North America reveals that the number of cremations held in the United States has nearly doubled during the last 15 years. In 1999, only 25% of bodies were cremated in America but in 2014, cremation rose to nearly 47%. It is expected that by 2019, cremation will be chosen by at least 50% of bereaved families.
For African Americans, cremation is still taboo but a lot of families are now considering cremation because of the lower costs. According to Ronnie Ingram, a cremation manager, a burial plot can be purchased for $1,800 to $2,000 with an average funeral costing $7,000 and more. For burial, a family needs another $4,000 to $8,000.
Ingram further said that families must be provided with affordable options to celebrate the life of those they loved and lost while focusing on meaningfulness and personalization. Even if a family opts for cremation, they can still hold a wake, viewing, visitations and burial. However, instead of paying thousands for a lot at the cemetery, they can opt for cremation instead of earth burial.
Cremation offers greater flexibility for families when they are planning for a memorial. The loved one’s remains can be transported to the crematorium at a time when it is most convenient for the family. The ashes can be kept inside an urn or cremation jewellery or scattered at a favourite location.
Cremation makes sense to many families that is why the industry is thriving. According to the data provided by the National Association of Funeral Directors, the industry earns about $16 billion a year. People are now more educated about cremation that they have begun to accept the practice which used to be a no-no for years. There is hardly any difference except that the family does not have to go the cemetery afterwards.
Many families choose to remember their loved ones by having the ashes placed inside funeral urns or jewellery. Funeral directors are prepared to assist families in their choice of funeral urns in Perth once they have opted for cremation instead of the traditional burial method.