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5 Reasons that More Americans Now Choose Cremation Instead of Burial

In recent years, the number of Americans choosing cremation has surpassed those choosing to be traditionally buried. As a result, some 30% of funeral homes now have crematories. There are many reasons for this uptick. Here’s a look at five reasons to choose cremation instead of burial.

Less Expensive than Burial

Depending on the particular package that is chosen, cremation will often cost about half the price of burial. Reasons for this include: no need for embalming, no burial plot required, and urns are typically much more affordable than caskets.

Ashes Can Be Shared Across Distances

In families that are spread out across the country, it can be comforting for all members to be able to keep some of the ashes with them.

More Planning Time

A lot can go into the logistical planning of a funeral. By choosing cremation, more time can be taken to properly plan a service. This can be especially helpful in the event that the passing was sudden.

Many Options for Urns

There is a broad assortment of urns to choose from and a wide array of aesthetic preferences can be met. Materials include hardwood, marble, ceramic, and bronze. You can also choose a wearable keepsake urn. These urns are worn as beautiful jewelry that allows you to always keep your loved one close.

A Greener Option

Because the cremation process doesn’t incorporate any of the harsh chemicals that are used to prepare for burial, it goes easier on the environment. There are also biodegradable urns available.

If you’re preparing for a cremation, be sure to get in touch with a reputable funeral director. For affordable cremations in Everett, Edmonds, Tulalip, Lynwood, Arlington, Marysville, Monroe, Granite Falls, and Bothell, WA, the trusted name is Funeral Alternatives of Snohomish County at 1-888-381-6993. Funeral Alternatives also provides affordable funerals in Seattle and King County. Feel free to contact Funeral Alternatives with any questions that you have about planning a memorable service.