Cremation Catches up With Burial

Cremation has been steadily gaining popularity over the years and in 2015, for the first time, the cremation rate surpassed the burial rate. This shift, while a dramatic deviation from prior decades, is not very surprising, as it reflects a number of changes in cultural mores and viewpoints. As of 2016, it reached 50.1%, and by 2030, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) predicts that 70% of Americans will choose to be cremated.

One factor behind this uptick is the aging Baby Boomer population. The Boomers tend to do things differently than prior generations, and death is no exception.

Cremation can be a less expensive option than burial. There’s also increased mobility in our society, with many people living far away from their hometowns, and fewer emotional connections to a familial burial plot. A Cremation Association of North America (CANA) report points to “rooted” areas, with strong religious ties, high home-ownership rates, and factories where families continue to work for generations, as being areas with low cremation rates. On the other hand, places with more “roaming” characteristics, like a high concentration of small businesses, less religious affiliation and more immigrants are more likely to be associated with higher cremation rates.

Cremation rates vary widely among states, with Western states at a higher rate, while the South maintains a low rate. Washington is at 77.5% already, with Nevada and Oregon close behind at 76.9% and 74.8% respectively. On the other hand, Alabama’s cremation rate is 26.1%, and Mississippi’s is only 21.9%. An interesting example of the “rooted” vs “roaming” phenomenon can be seen in Michigan, where the cremation rate has grown from 37.1% in 2005 to 56.4% in 2016. This may be due to a changing economy, in which manufacturing jobs have decreased, changing the dynamic of the population, as residents move to find better jobs or attain more education.

It’s safe to say this trend toward increasing cremation will continue.  There are a wide range of cremation options available now, from personalized urns and beautiful memory gardens (check out CremationGardens.org), to coral reefs made of remains, to fireworks that can shoot the remains into the sky. It all equates to a broad variety of ways to make a memorial unique, special, and life-honoring without a burial.  While the number of options have increased, we must also state that some religions are opposed to cremation (Jewish, Muslim, and Orthodox Christians, for example) and some place limitations, such as the Roman Catholic Church encouraging the cremation to be done after a Funeral Mass and insisting that all the cremated remains be kept together and placed in a cemetery or other blessed place.

If you’re considering cremation, whether for you or your loved one, it’s important to look for experience and expertise. While many companies are now trying to capitalize on the trend by offering cremation, cremation has been our exclusive focus for many years. Adhering to a strict code of ethics, our compassionate staff provides the very best care, and can help you to create a tribute that reflects what’s important to you. Contact us today for more information on how we can help.

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4 Tips for Memory Making on the 4th of July

What do you think of when you think of 4th of July? There are fireworks and parades, patriotic songs and speeches, parties and picnics, but what’s the underlying element in all of it? For most people, it’s family. Maybe your favorite Independence Day memory is that time your uncles were shooting off fireworks, and one of them was so big and loud that all the moms and little kids ran inside to hide. Or maybe you remember eating watermelon with your grandfather, seeing how far you could spit the seeds. Whether it’s making an apple pie with Grandma or watching the parade with all the cousins, for most of us the 4th of July will always bring fond memories of childhood fun with family.

Today, things are a little different than they were a generation ago. Families are more spread out and insulated, and it’s likely that your children don’t spend as much time with the extended family as you remember spending when you were a child. This deficit can be painfully driven home when the family experiences a loss. Maybe, as you start making plans for 4th of July this year, you can start to think about those connections, strengthening family bonds while there’s still time, and honoring those you’ve lost by making new memories together.

1. Reach out to family. If you have family nearby, make plans to get together. Maybe you’ll host a barbecue at your house, or a picnic in the park, or maybe you’ll all just plan to meet together for the local parade. The togetherness is the point, so it doesn’t have to be elaborate. If your family lives too far away to get together, send a card or note to commemorate the day. Maybe you can enclose an old photo to remind them of fun times together, or maybe your children can draw pictures to send along. If you’ve recently experienced a loss, that’s an even better reason to reach out to each other, because sharing each other’s sadness can make it more bearable.

2. While talking about our nation’s history, talk to your kids about family history. Every American family has a story to tell about the heroes within it. Maybe your grandfather served in World War 2, or maybe you can trace your roots back further, maybe even to the Revolutionary War! Talk about family members who have passed away, sharing memories of times spent with them. Keep your family’s stories alive by sharing them with your children, and you’ll help them develop a connection to and pride in their family ties.

3. On Independence Day, remember that relying on each other is important, too. In our modern culture, we’re all so independent that we sometimes forget the importance of having people on whom to depend. Teach your children the importance of family, because connections between family members are the bonds that sustain us in the darker times of life. Our nation’s independence couldn’t have been won if people didn’t work together, and families don’t thrive if they don’t nurture their connections.

4. Make something, to make memories. Get the kids to make place cards in red, white and blue. Get them into the kitchen to help layer pound cake with whipped cream and berries. Let them “help” Daddy or Grandpa set up for fireworks or grill the burgers. The best way to make memories with children is to pull them close to you and involve them in what you’re doing. If you’ve recently lost someone dear, remember that person by making their favorite dish or participating in an activity they always loved.

We know that family is important. Visit our website today, to learn more about how we can help your family. In the meantime, we wish you a meaningful July 4th!

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Planning in Advance

Making arrangements in advance is an important step. We have assisted people, just like you, save money and gain peace of mind. Taking the time now to make your selections and record them with us releases you from making these decisions later.

Planning ahead is the right thing to do for you and your family.

Savings – we guarantee to provide the services you have paid for at today’s prices at any future date
Control – you decide what you want and make the selections
Peace of mind – by making your arrangements today, you know these decisions and costs won’t be left for your loved ones

You can choose from our simple packages with no hidden fees or add ons. Call today (303) 797-6888.

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Testimonial – Selecting Cremation Provider

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We invite you to watch Patricia Rosenthal as she shares her experiences about making arrangements suddenly for her husband Michael.

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Local Hospice Nurse Talks about Cremation Society of Colorado

Many families are introduced to us through a hospice nurse, social worker or friend. We asked a local Denver hospice nurse to share here experiences and impressions of the Cremation Society of Colorado.

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