08 Oct Burial or Cremation?
Burial or cremation is a choice most of us face. In recent years cremation has been growing in popularity. According to the Cremation Association of North America, for the first time in the United States, it has surpassed burial. Barbara Kemmis, executive director of the organization, calls cremation “the new tradition.” Most of us would probably prefer staying alive to either of these options. But unlike, “Would you rather have fries or salad?” that’s not always a possibility.
There are several reasons for cremation having become trendy. Not only is it more environmentally sound, it’s often thousands of dollars cheaper. It doesn’t require a casket, embalming or a cemetery plot. People are moving around more these days so when faced with burial or cremation, a traditional family plot in a hometown cemetery makes less sense than it once did. Except for Orthodox Judaism (Israel got a crematorium a few years ago), Eastern Orthodox and Islam, most religions are open to the process of cremation. Hinduism has always favored it.
In addition to plain, unadorned urns, many funeral homes are now offering a selection of cremation products, including fireworks that can shoot remains into the sky and coral reefs made of remains. While there are urns that provide a space for slipping in a picture, the artistic urns I design are unique as I collaborate with each client, who participates in the process after commissioning me on my site — www.personalized-urns.com. They tell me about the deceased, choose the colors and provide photos and whatever else will be on the urn. I create a photo montage that tells the story of a life, meticulously embedded in a mosaic design. These urns aren’t intended to be buried, but to be displayed in the home, able to go with you should you move. For those preferring burial, I have done memorial vases.