The Importance of Planning a Cremation

Cremation Planning. A mausoleum on a spring day. Understanding the cremation process often means having a memorial ceremony.

Death has always been a difficult subject to talk about, but the younger generations have been able to open up and speak on the issue very candidly. We can see it in more and more in various types of media, on TV, in movies, and reading about it in books. As humans, we are aware of our mortality, and that makes it essential to plan for a cremation and funeral service.

Cremation is rising in popularity over the past half-century. The National Funeral Directors Association found that cremation rates were roughly 40 percent in 2010, but are projected to be 55 percent in 2019 and close to 80 percent in 2035.

The cost of cremation planning is also favorable to that of a traditional burial. The national median cost of a funeral with viewing and burial was $7,360 in 2017, compared to the median price of a funeral with viewing and cremation at $6,260. Preplanning a cremation can allow you the option of prepaying for services, too, which lets you lock in current rates before they increase.

Planning will relieve the financial burden and stress that family and loved ones face during a passing. You can create a payment schedule and set aside a budget to help your family.

You are also able to specify any wishes you may have so your family does not have to make those difficult decisions while they grieve a loss. Families can personalize and customize a cremation with memorial services, scattering services, keepsakes or urns, and many other possibilities.

Reducing the burden on your family members is one of the most significant advantages to pre-planning a cremation. This can allow your family members to focus more on the memories and the grieving process, and not on the stress or frustration in planning and payments.

Whether you wish to take the time and set up affordable cremation services now or at the time of death, Simply Cremation & Funeral Care is available to assist you at any time. Our mission is to offer excellence in our service while providing the compassion, sincerity & understanding needed by families we serve.