Cremation is becoming an increasingly common choice in the United States, having outpaced burials and continuing to grow in popularity. In fact, cremation is projected to be the choice of 77 percent of Americans by 2035.

Why the increased interest in a practice that's been around for tens of thousands of years? It's hard to pinpoint any one explanation, but there are many reasons families choose cremation:

Cremation gives you flexibility that burial doesn't allow.
Cremation allows for more leeway than a traditional burial, which must occur soon after death. When a family chooses cremation, they can hold a memorial service before cremation, as you would typically do with a burial. But they can also choose to postpone a service until the family is ready. 

Cremation tends to cost less.
Many families choose cremation to save on unplanned funeral and cemetery expenses. In many cases, families aren't prepared to take on these kinds of costs; so cremation not only allows families to spend less, it can give them the time they need to prepare and plan for the memorial service they want.

Cremation offers a wide range of memorialization options.
There are many ways to honor the life of a loved one following cremation.

  • Cremated remains can be interred in a traditional cemetery.
  • Niches made of granite or marble provide long-lasting elegance and can take up less space than other memorialization options.
  • Glass-front niches are a popular option that allow the urn and personal mementos to be seen. 
  • Scattering gardens give families a low-cost but beautiful area within the grounds of a cemetery to spread their loved ones' remains.
  • Bench estates provide a resting spot in a garden where family members and loved ones can go to visit and pay their respects. 

Whether you choose cremation or burial, Nakamura Mortuary is here to help you celebrate the life of your loved one, while respecting the wishes of your family. Learn more about our cremation options.