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Code of Cremation Practices:

In the practice of cremation, we believe:

 

  • In dignity and respect in the care of the deceased, in compassion for the living who survive them, and in the memorialization of life;
  • That a Cremation Authority should be responsible for creating and maintaining an atmosphere of respect at all times;
  • That the greatest care should be taken in the appointment of crematory staff members, any of whom must not, by conduct or demeanor, bring the crematory or cremation into disrepute;
  • That cremation should be considered as preparation for memorialization;
  • That the dead of our society should be memorialized through a commemorative means suitable to the survivors.

 

Why Cremation?

There are numerous reasons why people choose cremation, and the decision is a very personal one, whether for someone planning their own services in order to alleviate their family from that burden, to family members choosing cremation as a loving and respectful way to memorialize their loved one. Research has shown the following nine factors as considerations in the cremation decision: 

  • People are dying older and choosing cremation for themselves.
  • Migration to retirement locations is increasing.
  • Cremation has become acceptable.
  • Environmental considerations are becoming more important.
  • Level of education is rising.
  • Ties to tradition are becoming weaker.
  • Regional differences are diminishing.
  • Religious restrictions are diminishing.
  • Greater flexibility in memorialization services. 

According to the funeral-industry sponsored Wirthlin Report from 2006, the five primary reasons why cremation is chosen are as follows. 

 

  1. Saves Money (30%)
  2. Saves Land (13%)
  3. Simpler (8%)
  4. Body Not in Earth (6%)
  5. Personal Preference (6%)