Why You Should Consider Cremation

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Thursday, November 9, 2023

Cremation is a topic that many people may find uncomfortable or difficult to discuss. For a long time, it was not accepted by many major religions, most notably Catholicism. However, it is an important option to consider when planning for end-of-life services. In this article, we will explore the reasons why you should consider cremation and how it can provide a meaningful and personalized farewell for your loved ones.

Convenience in Scheduling Memorial Services

One of the main reasons to consider cremation is the flexibility it offers. Unlike traditional burials, cremation allows for more options in terms of location and timing. With cremation, you can postpone the services at the funeral home longer than you could with traditional burial. This option can be helpful if you need to coordinate loved ones traveling in from out-of-state. You can also hold a later memorial service or celebration of life in a location that holds significance for you or your loved one. This could be a favorite park, beach, or even your backyard. Additionally, you can choose to have the cremation take place immediately after death, allowing for a more convenient and timely service.

Cremation and Cost

Another advantage of cremation is its affordability compared to traditional burials. Cremation often costs significantly less than a traditional burial, making it a more accessible option for many families. Funeral expenses can quickly add up, but with cremation, you can have a meaningful and respectful service without breaking the bank. This means that you can allocate your finances towards other important areas, such as honoring your loved one's memory or supporting their favorite causes.

Cremation is More Environmentally Friendly

Cremation also allows for a more environmentally friendly approach to end-of-life services. Traditional burials can be more harmful to the environment. This includes factors such as embalming fluids, caskets, and land use. Generally, burials can affect the environment for a long time after death. The consistent upkeep of mono-cultured grass lawns in cemeteries contributes to land use, using up fresh water, and more. With cremation, there is a reduced impact on the environment as it avoids the use of chemicals and preserves land resources. While the process of cremation can create some pollution, the overall impact is much less. Furthermore, you can choose to scatter the ashes in a natural setting, providing a peaceful final resting place for your loved one.

Customization with Urns and Memorial Keepsakes

In addition to the practical advantages, cremation also allows for personalization and creativity in memorialization. With cremation, there is a wide range of options to choose from. You can opt for a traditional urn to hold the ashes or select a more unique and personalized container that reflects your loved one's personality or interests. Furthermore, you can choose to divide the ashes among family members or have them transformed into memorial jewelry or smaller urns. This allows each family member to have a personal keepsake to remember their loved one by.

Final Thoughts on Cremation

Overall, cremation is a viable and beneficial option to consider when planning end-of-life services. It offers flexibility, affordability, and environmental sustainability. Moreover, it allows for personalization and creativity in memorialization, providing a meaningful and personalized farewell for your loved ones. Consider cremation as a thoughtful choice that aligns with your values and preferences.
For over 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.

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