Are You Choosing Cremation?

Pretend for a minute that you and I are meeting at a local place for lunch. After we both order, I take a slow sip of my coffee and casually ask, “So … do you ever think about your own funeral?”

If you’re like most of the population, your answer is going to be similar to one of the following:

“I’m going to be cremated” or “I’m going to be buried at _______ Cemetery.” Most people don’t really think much about the details of their funeral. Who really wants to anyway? We all know we’re not getting out of here alive, but do we really have to think about it before we have to?

The point is that although we don’t think about the details, most of us know at least one thing – that we want to be cremated or where we’ll be buried.

So since we’re talking about “most people”, you’re also part of that group if you choose to be cremated. Studies show that in the next few years, more people will be cremated than not. There are many reasons for that to be sure.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, cremation is defined as “to reduce (as a dead body) to ashes by burning.” And catch this – their example sentence of how to use the word is, you guessed it – “He wants to be cremated when he dies.”

For some, it’s wanting to not be buried in the ground; for others, it seems like a faster, cleaner alternative than having your body decompose underground over a long period of time. Still for others, it appears to be a less expensive choice. In some areas, there’s a perception that burial space is limited.

What’s your reason? Email it to us at and we may use it in our next blog!

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