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Within the last decade, cremation has become the most popular death care option for families around North America. There are numerous reasons for this increase that include affordability, convenience, environmental conscience and religious considerations. In late 2016 the National Funeral Director’s Association released a study on consumer preferences and the results were truly eye-opening. The report indicated that over 60% of American families believe that the cost of funerals is rising and that a majority of consumers prefer personalized and non-secular services. Perhaps the most significant finding, though, is that over 70% of Americans are cremated, compared with only 23.2% who choose to be buried.
The numbers indicate a clear prediction for the future; cremation is not going anywhere. With the increase in demand for quality and affordable cremation services, families also need to be guided through the entire cremation process, including the many available options for memorial services, celebrations of life and the many things that can be done with cremated remains. In this post, we are going to compare two of the most popular options, cremation urns and cremation jewelry.
Just to clear one thing up, we do not want to influence a decision of any kind. We simply want to provide the families we serve with relevant resources that will help in the making of informed cremation decisions. At Provenzano Lanza, we believe it is our duty to help families in this way and invite you to contact us should you have any further questions about our cremation services and the many options you have. In addition, you can check out our recent blog post on unique ideas for cremated ashes.
Urns are synonymous with cremation because they have been the most widely selected option, traditionally, for American families. With urns, there is not so much flexibility, however they provide a dignified and beautiful way to keep loved ones close after they pass. Urns come in many styles, including bronze, gold, silver, ceramic and much more, allowing families the ability to choose a style that matches their home or another designated location.
One thing many people do not know, is that urns can be buried or kept in a columbarium which is a popular option for families who are unsure of what to do with the remains or want to keep them in a central and consistent location. In addition to style, urns are also an affordable option if families are hoping to keep the remains of a loved one for a long time and do not intend to scatter them at any point. We offer a variety of cremation urns and are proud to offer our catalog online.
Cremation jewelry is a relatively new option for families due to the technology required to infuse the cremated remains into the chosen material for the particular piece. This option offers families a far greater and more flexible range of possibilities, though it must be noted that cremation jewelry only uses a small amount of the remains, so there is still a need to find a home or method of scattering for the rest. Surprisingly, this is not a deterrent for many families and can result in a greater number of people being able to keep a part of the deceased; think 10 necklaces for each member of an extended family.
There are many different options for styles, much like urns. These include cremation necklaces, jewelry pendants and silver and gold keepsake options. In addition, there is a growing trend of cremation jewelry being made into bracelets, rings and even body piercings. Going forward, we can be certain that even more options will become available. View our selection of cremation jewelry here.
In addition to cremation keepsake jewelry and cremation urns, there are many other things that can be done with cremated remains that honor the life of the deceased and enable the family to keep them close. Regardless of the options that are available, it is important to make a choice that works for you and your family. At Provenzano Lanza, we know that every family is unique and that every life lived is distinct. As a result, we do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to funeral service. As experts in Manhattan cremation services, we are always here as a valuable resource for any inquiries that you may have or further information that you require. We look forward to being part of your cremation conversation and being a continued ally for Manhattan, New York families.