According to the Cremation Association of North America, 50 years ago only 3.6% of the American population chose to be cremated. However, recent trends show a spike in the frequency of cremation services—up to 43.5% in 2012. What’s causing this drastic change in trend? The funeral professionals at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center in Corning and Creston, IA, share a few reasons, below.
Why Cremation Is Becoming More Popular
1. Relative Distance
Half a century ago, funeral services were planned in explicit detail. Families owned a traditional burial plot at their hometown cemetery where generations would return after they passed away. However, expansion and advancements in the corporate world and transportation resulted in many relatives living largely apart. This has led to individuals adopting different opinions regarding burial service preferences.
2. Environmental Responsibility
As more people take an active role in reducing their carbon footprint, traditional funeral services are seen as less eco-friendly. Carcinogens in embalming fluid and trees for wooden caskets take an exponential amount of energy to produce, reduce our natural resources, and negatively impact the environment. This results in more individuals opting for cremation services instead.
3. Burial Space & Flexibility
Large populations mean that there may not be enough space to accommodate you and your family for traditional burial. Cremation means your ashes can be scattered anywhere you choose and gives individuals more flexible options for how they wish to be taken care of after they pass away. More people today are opting for non-traditional commemoration of ashes, such as planting them in a tree, turning them into an hourglass, or even inking them into a tattoo.
Planning well in advance for burial or cremation services with a caring and reputable funeral home will help ease the process for your loved ones and give them more flexible and financial options for when the time comes. Pearson Family Funeral Services & Cremation ensures that your arrangements will represent honor and respect for your loved one. They are open 24/7 to help you tailor the service to reflect your loved ones personal beliefs and wishes. For more information, visit them online or call their Corning location at (641) 322-3156 and their Creston location at (641) 782-6555.