One of the most important and sometimes controversial decisions that need to be made after the death of a family member is choosing burial or cremation of the body. Many factors weigh into the decision including but not limited to the wishes of the deceased and the budget constraints of those paying for the services. Tough economic times as well as an eye on future environmental concerns have made cremation become increasingly popular with families world-wide. Fortunately, there are a number of options available for not only storing the cremated ashes of the deceased but also for displaying and honoring the ashes in a tasteful yet personal manner.
Pros to choosing cremation
Cremation is the process of burning the body and reducing the dry bones into very small fragments. Religious views, personal preference or factors surrounding the death of the individual may all weigh heavily on the decision to cremate rather than bury the body. Typically much less expensive then burial, cremation of the body has been said to be more environmentally friendly as well due to chemicals used in embalming a body to prepare it for cemetery burial. Other countries, such as Europe, have experienced an overcrowding of their cemeteries making cremation a necessity rather than necessarily a choice and where this is not an issue in the United States, over time it could become a valid concern.
More than just cremation urns
Retailers have taken a modern approach to housing the cremated ashes of the deceased and the variety of options allows for families to choose from a more creative blend of products. Cremation urns have stretched far beyond the average wood urn or ceramic urn. Today, memorial urns are available in a wide assortment of sizes and themes in a variety of materials, making it easy and affordable for families to choose what works best and keep within their budget. Unique jewelry pendants, rings and bracelets called cremation jewelry have been created as a personal and intimate way to hold a small portion of ashes and accessorize a wardrobe while keeping a loved one close. Cremation art incorporates a small amount of cremated ash into the painting and is combined with an earth friendly compound to create a lasting and decorative reminder of the deceased.
Cremains can be presented and housed in a variety of manners such as:
A cremation urn
The choices that follow the loss of a family member center initially on burial or cremation of the body. Personal preference of the deceased as well as other factors such as economic constraints may impact the decision and lead families to choose cremation. A unique assortment of products such as sculpture cremation urns and cremation jewelry allow for a personal yet practical approach to housing the ashes of the deceased.