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Cremation: The Modern End-Of-Life Option

One big question comes up when planning the modern-day end-of-life arrangements: cremation or burial? Here is a look at a few of the reasons cremation can be more logical for modern funeral planners. 

Cremation better suits the more mobile lifestyle of modern-day families. 

If you have ever done any genealogical research into your family history, you may be surprised at how common it was for families to pretty much stay in the same areas for many generations. It was once uncommon for children to move far away from home once they were grown and establishing a life of their own.

These days, thanks to all the ways families can stay connected in spite of distance and the availability of modern travel opportunities, one family can have children sprinkled across the globe. Due to this fact, it can be somewhat illogical for an individual's final resting place to be firmly in one place. Cremation makes it possible for remains to be just as mobile as the still-living relatives. 

Cremation is an economical choice, which fits with minimalist ideas. 

Minimalist ideas have touched many aspects of modern-day life. Thousands of people have traded in full-sized homes for tiny ones, found ways to eliminate loads of waste in day-to-day life, and live with the idea that less is more. The large and somewhat flashy funeral with the fancy casket and costly embellishments does not quite align with the modern approach to using and spending less of your resources. Cremation is less costly and results in less waste, so it better coincides with the entire outlook of a minimalistic life. 

Cremation caters to modern ideas of memorializing the deceased. 

Years ago, the loss of a loved one was treated more like a somber event. Families gathered to mourn and that process could go on for days. The typical funeral, while still different from what was once standard, still follows that same somber outline. Families gather to view the deceased and mourn, families mourn together at a service, and then the mourning continues graveside with a brief burial service.

There has been a drastic shift toward treating the death as a celebration of the life lived, and cremation can cater to that more so than a traditional burial. Families can choose to have cremains mingled in gunpowder and placed in shotgun shells for a memorial that involves shooting clay pigeons or packed into a package to be released thousands of miles above the ground. 

For more information on how to organize a cremation, talk to Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel.