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The Growing Popularity of Cremations December 1, 2015

There is no question cremations are growing in popularity across the nation and the world. While in the 1960’s the percentage of cremations was below 5%, in 2015 that percentage is expected to reach close to 50%. By 2030, industry experts expect that to increase to 70%. That is a seismic shift. What is causing this dramatic change? There are a variety of factors.

  • The cost of cremation is lower than that of a traditional funeral service and burial. While cremation costs vary, they are generally less than a traditional funeral service and burial. Many who pre-plan their own funerals are requesting cremation for this very reason. Families with more limited resources also find it a respectful but more cost-effective option. But it is not only families on a budget who are selecting cremation as an option. There are other factors as well.
  • Cremation has become more acceptable by some religions. Years ago, many religions frowned upon cremation as an alternative to traditional burials. Since then, those views have changed and cremation has become much more acceptable. This has made it emotionally easier for families to select cremation.
  • People have become more environmentally sensitive. Many people view cremation as a more “green” alternative. They are concerned about land use and the use of embalming fluids. While cremation is not a fully “green” process many consider it a better choice for the environment.
  • Cremation allows for more flexibility in planning final services. So many families today have members living across the country. Cremation allows for more flexibility in planning a date for final services. It also allows for more choices when it comes to the remains. Families can choose to have remains buried, scattered, or placed into an urn and kept. There is a growing trend in non-traditional funeral services in this country and cremations are playing a major role in that trend.

What many people don’t fully understand about cremation is that it really only takes the place of a traditional burial. The other amenities available to commemorate your loved one are still available. Families can still honor a loved one with visitation, a memorial service, a video tribute, flowers, and a post service meal. At Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory, we want to assure you that if you choose cremation for a loved one your service can be customized to your desires.

We are committed to preserving the sanctity of your loved one’s care. Once here with us, your loved one never leaves our custody. As the only private crematory in Greater Cincinnati, we can absolutely guarantee the ashes you receive are genuine. There is no possibility any confusion will occur.

If you would like to know more about cremation services or pre-planning your own cremation services, we invite you to contact us. At Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory, our family has been serving families in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area since 1878. We have a proud history of being progressive, and we would be honored to serve your family.