Most people don’t start thinking about their end until they’ve become a senior citizen. Yet life is unpredictable and often uncontrollable. It never plays fair. That’s why adults of any age should seriously consider preplanning their cremation and creating a living will.
What Is Cremation? Because cremation is often more affordable and flexible than traditional funeral and burial options, it has risen in popularity greatly in recent years. However, many families don’t fully understand the cremation process. To educate our National Cremation families and readers on cremation, we’ve created this brief post on the cremation process and Continue reading
In 1960, only 3.6% of Americans chose cremation. The projected cremation rate for 2015 is astronomically higher at 48.2%. That’s a 1,238.88% increase in the number of people choosing cremation over a span of just 65 years. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the projected cremation rate will continue to rise in the coming years, with 55.8% of Americans expected to choose cremation in 2020 and 70.6% in 2030.
In 1858, Mr. John Gray of Edinburgh, Scotland passed away and was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard. His Skye Terrier, Bobby, spent every night for the next 14 years lying on his master’s grave regardless of rain, hail and snow until his own death in 1872. A statue and water fountain were erected in 1873 to honor Bobby’s devotion.
There is a certain finality to burial that cremation sometimes lacks. As you watch the coffin descend, you’re able to come to terms with the fact that life is over and you must say goodbye. But when you receive your loved one’s remains, there’s still one large unanswered question – what do you do with them?
While being asked to deliver a eulogy is an honor, the fear of speaking in public can be overwhelming. Talking about a difficult, stressful, confusing and painful subject like death can often make this fear worse. But take heart in the fact that you were asked to do this because of the close bond you shared with this person. You wouldn’t have been asked if the family didn’t trust you. Their goal is not to make you uncomfortable or make a display of your grief. They’ve asked you because they feel you are best suited to help everyone else say goodbye and remember the good times.
Memorial Day isn’t just an extra day off work or a reason to decorate your porch with red, white and blue. While many of us will spend the day enjoying the spring weather, possibly attending a barbecue or cookout with friends, family or neighbors, we should all take the time to stop and remember the true meaning of Memorial Day and what we’re actually celebrating.
A cremation society is an organization made up of members who want to ensure their future cremation. Their membership in the society allows them to establish a detailed plan for their memorial and cremation that includes budget, final wishes and any personal arrangements so that their family is spared the pain and struggle of making these arrangements in the difficult time after their passing.
April 24 was an unusually hot day, but three new members of National Cremation’s Fruitland Park office spent it in the fight against cancer as part of the Relay For Life movement, which took place at the New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages.
With death comes grief – and a host of other difficult decisions, mundane details and crucial choices. Among the many things you’ll have to deal with are how to access and/or cancel your loved one’s various online accounts and subscriptions. If your loved one has not left a list of usernames and passwords or clear instructions for what they want done with their accounts and who should be in charge of carrying out these final wishes, it can be difficult to know what to do or how to get control.
When a loved one dies, you’ll have to cope with a wide range of emotions. You may feel shock, confusion, sadness, loneliness, anger, anxiety, guilt, relief or any combination of these. Yet while you’re experiencing these emotions, there are also practical concerns you’ll have to take into consideration. You’ll want to inform family and friends of the loved one’s passing. You’ll have to alert various government agencies and businesses as well. You’ll have to start planning the service, or even make decisions regarding what kind of service to hold if there has been no prearrangement.