Cremation continues to maintain its upward trend in popularity. According to the Cremation Association of North America, (CANA), in 2019, the cremation rate in the United States was 54.6%. In 2020, 56.1%. Future projections indicate that by 2025, the cremation rate in the United States will reach 65.2%, and by 2030, 72.8%.
Many factors have contributed to the meteoric rise in cremation’s popularity as the disposition of choice. People choose cremation for themselves and their loved ones for a variety of reasons, including affordability, increasing religious acceptance, regulations in foreign countries, and eco-consciousness.
For those interested in learning more about cremation, here are five facts you may not already know:
1 – Ashes are not actually ashes – the correct term is “cremated remains.”
2- Cremated remains are composed of the calcium and minerals in your bones.
3 – A cremation machine is called a retort.
4 – To cremate an average-sized human body, a retort operates between 1,600 and 1,800 Fahrenheit for approximately 3 hours.
5 – It is possible and encouraged to have a viewing and/or a funeral service prior to cremation.
Choosing to be cremated is merely a decision for disposition of the body, and it is important to note that you are making a decision that will greatly impact your loved ones. A memorial service, celebration of life, or other gathering can still be held for family and friends. Such gatherings help facilitate the healing process and help the bereaved adjust to the reality of the loss.
At the Cremation Center of Southern Utah, we guide you through the cremation process with clarity and compassion. Contact us today to obtain your copy of a free cremation planning guide by calling (435) 986-9100, or make an appointment for a private tour. We are located just off Riverside Dr. at 1316 S. 400 E., Suite A5, in St. George, UT. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @CremationCenterSU.
Submitted by W. Russell Atkin, Owner/Licensed Funeral Director