When one pictures a funeral, often they imagine a casket surrounded by flowers as well as a procession to a well-maintained family plot in a church cemetery. For the majority of funerals held in the United States, this style of funeral service holds true. Most Americans are interred traditionally in graveyards across the country. Cremation, however, is on the rise nationally, and more families are turning to funeral homes not only for memorial services, but for a cremation services as well.
According to the National Funeral Directors’ Association, cremation is not only increasingly becoming accepted by all major faiths and religions, but is being sought out by families as an alternative to a traditional funeral. Especially now where families are increasingly divided by geographic distance, having to ship the remains of family members over far distances makes coordinating a traditional burial difficult and time consuming. Cremation services, however, allow not only easy transport for the deceased, but allows flexibility for those to attend funeral or memorial services by easing the planning schedule.
Another reason cremation services have seen an increase in demand is the customization options afforded to loved ones after the cremation process. There really is no shortage to the kind of vessels families can inter their deceased in. There are the traditional choices, like urns and regal looking vessels, but there are also more customizable options, such as permanent outdoor fixtures and markers, as well as containers able to be deposited on the bed of a lake or ocean.
And for those who, in their last testament, desire to have their ashes spread over a certain location or landmark, cremation is the only way to properly honor their last wishes.
Because of the increasing acceptance of cremation as a different but completely valid and equal alternative to traditional burials, cremation has shed its negative stigma as a simply an economical decision.
At Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, we haven’t only stayed well ahead of this industry trend, but we embrace the movement. You can count on us to accommodate any of your needs for every kind of service you desire for your loved ones.
We’re always happy to answer any questions or inquires you may have about our cremation services. Call us today at (603) 883-3041