Cremation is undeniably on the rise across North America. By the year 2019, the cremation industry predicts that 50 percent of Americans who pass away will be cremated; this number is significantly up from about 25 percent as recently as 1999. One of the reasons that so many people are opting to be cremated instead of buried is the cost. Cremation is significantly most cost-effective than a burial, costing only about a third as much. Beyond the price, there a handful of personal reasons that might make the prospect of cremation appealing. If you're starting to think about pre-planning the details of your funeral, here are three reasons to consider cremation.
Flexibility With Your Ashes
Some people aren't fond of the idea of being buried in a cemetery away from their loved ones. If this idea isn't appealing to you, cremation can be an easier pill to swallow. Cremation gives you the ability to choose what you want done with your ashes and request that your family carries out this wish. Some people with close family ties like the idea of having their ashes kept in a family member's house -- and perhaps displayed in an urn. For other people, having the ashes scattered somewhere in nature is more appealing.
Less Timing Urgency After Death
Although it's never pleasant to think about the arrangements you wish to have carried out after your death, taking time to consider them now can make things a little easier on your loved ones. If you opt for cremation, there's less urgency to have the funeral held within a few days of your death, which is necessary when a body is to be buried. Cremation occurs soon after the death, which means that if you'd rather wait for a warmer season and have family members gather outside for a memorial service, this wish is possible. Because there doesn't have to be a rush to have the service, you can also request that your service is held a little later to allow people to make the necessary travel arrangements.
No Need For An Open Casket
It's worthwhile to talk to your family members about their feelings toward an open-casket service. While some people feel this scenario provides closure, others are strongly against it. If you'd rather that your immediate family doesn't see you in this condition -- and don't want to offend funeral guests who feel that an open casket is necessary -- you can opt for cremation instead of a closed casket. A service after cremation won't have the added stress of people thinking about whether they wish to walk past the open casket.