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Why Cremation?

There are numerous reasons why people choose cremation, and the decision is a very personal one, whether for someone planning their own services in order to alleviate their family from that burden, to family members choosing cremation as a loving and respectful way to memorialize their loved one. Research has shown the following nine factors as considerations in the cremation decision: 

  • People are dying older and choosing cremation for themselves.
  • Migration to retirement locations is increasing.
  • Cremation has become acceptable.
  • Environmental considerations are becoming more important.
  • Level of education is rising.
  • Ties to tradition are becoming weaker.
  • Regional differences are diminishing.
  • Religious restrictions are diminishing.
  • Greater flexibility in memorialization services. 

According to the funeral-industry sponsored Wirthlin Report from 2006, the five primary reasons why cremation is chosen are as follows. 

  1. Saves Money (30%)
  2. Saves Land (13%)
  3. Simpler (8%)
  4. Body Not in Earth (6%)
  5. Personal Preference (6%) 

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