Choosing between burial or cremation can be tough for many people. And because it can be a complicated issue, many people do not fully explore their options. So, with final wishes often left unsettled, many families face uncertainty and difficult decisions in their time of grief. To help make the alternatives clearer, we at Stillinger Family Funeral Home in Greenfield, Indiana, want you to know some of the factors to consider:
“What is a green funeral?” Simply put, a “green” funeral (not to be confused with a “green burial”) is a funeral which uses more eco-friendly and environmentally responsible choices as part of its arrangements and services. Let’s take a closer look at what it means to be green as we answer the question, “What is a green funeral?”
Did you know there are rules for scattering cremation ashes in Indiana? There certainly are! So, before you ask your family to promise to scatter your ashes (also called “cremains”) in a special place, it’s wise to understand the legal dos and don’ts of spreading ashes in the Hoosier state. Here’s what you should know:
Cremation popularity has risen steadily over the years. In fact, the percentage of persons choosing cremation surpassed those choosing burial in recent years, and the trend shows no sign of reversing. Why has the growth of cremation popularity become so persistent? As you can see in the infographic below based on funeral industry information, reasons range from typically lower overall costs to fewer religious restrictions to perceived environmental benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the trend toward choosing cremation, and at what types of services are being chosen today:
Have you ever asked yourself, “Just what do funeral homes do?” Even if you haven’t asked, maybe you should. Why? Because most people who think they know are usually only partly right. Let’s start with the common perception first:
Choosing a funeral home is one of the most important decisions you and your family will make. After all, your funeral services provider will not only attend to your presentation, burial or cremation needs, but will also be called upon to provide compassionate care for your friends and family as they gather in tribute. So, with such a crucial decision at stake, what questions should you ask when choosing a funeral home?