It is always a trying time for any family when a loved one passes away. If the departed previously expressed a wish to be cremated, the bereaved should honor it and may even see the value in it. Hiroko Sato of the Sentinel and Enterprise in Fitchburg, MA noted this of a local family who, in the past, had their deceased loved ones buried due to religious beliefs but are now open to the idea of cremation.
Indeed, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) reports a 45.3% cremation rate for all funeral services in 2013, up from 3.6% 50 years ago in 1960. The National Funeral Directors Association, meanwhile, expects the rate to rise to 70% in 15 years’ time. Along with changing cultural attitudes, the fact that many Americans live away from the places where they grew up (and are consequently unable to revisit their loved ones’ graves) is seen to drive this trend.
Is your family open to a practical but no less solemn way to honor the departed? Funeral homes that can arrange for cremation in Indianapolis, such as the Usher Funeral Home, will provide all the help with planning you need.
A Time of Solemnity
Discussions on the final rites often start among family members. The talks may range on securing a venue, to who will officiate the services. It is important to consider relatives who might be coming from distant locations to pay their respects. A skilled funeral director should be contacted right away to firmly map out the details of the viewing (if applicable), the funeral service, the choice of urn, the burial plot or columbary, etc.
In many instances, cost issues lead families to consider cremation instead of traditional burial. CANA reports that cremations cost between $1,000 and $3,000 against burials that can set one back up to $8,000. A lack of burial space also adds to the drive for cremation. A report on al-Jazeera America, for instance, cites the Arlington National Cemetery’s plans to build a columbarium and tighten requirements for its last major plot, which is expected to fill up by the 2050s.
Cremation services in Indianapolis, like ones offered by Usher Funeral Home, allow you to pay your final respects and arrange for the kind of dignified farewell your deceased loved one would have wanted.
Cremation moves mainstream due to cultural changes, affordability, Sentinel and Enterprise
Traditional American funerals are dead – but not buried, Al-Jazeera America