This is an interesting topic among funeral providers and according to a recent blog post by US Urns Online, the number one reason why consumers choose cremation is, PRICE! Personally, I would have put price in the top five of twenty but not the number one slot. According to the article, the top 20 reasons why people choose cremation are:
- Environmental concerns
- Less tradition, more personal
- Space availability
- Nobody’s science project
- General space
- To be buried near loved ones
- Multiple scattering sites
- To donate their body to science
- Become part of a memorial reef
- Sharing jewelry
- To become a diamond
- To skip the whole ‘rotting in a box’ thing
- To be planted as a tree
- To allow time for arranging the memorial
- To always be with loved ones
While I believe some of the 20 reasons, some may also be motivated by the urn company to sell products. So, I began to research the topic more and I came across a funeral-industry sponsored report from 2006 that lists, “the five primary reasons why cremation is chosen” as:
- Cremation Saves Money (30%)
- Cremation Saves Land (13%)
- Cremation is Simpler (8%)
- Body Not in Earth (6%)
- Cremation is a Personal Preference (6%)
I guess this over 10 year old report confirms the consumer’s feelings and I am sure that those reasons stand true today.
Nuzum has served as an expert witness on cremation practices, addressed state senate committees on funeral related practices, authored and co-authored funeral rated publications, hosted hundreds of caregiver seminars, served as a guest speaker to consumers, aging advocates and caregivers, been a guest on national radio and has been quoted in the national media on issues related to cremation services.
He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University – Forbes School of Business, where he was magna cum laude.He also holds a degree in Applied Sciences from Ogeechee Technical College and completed numerous courses from the Emergency Management Institute and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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