Media Recognizes Changing Landscape of Funerals

Couple reconsidering funeral for less expensive cremation.

Cremation rates continue to rise as people reconsider the limitations and cost of traditional funerals.

Cremation rates continue to rise and long-standing funeral traditions are adapting quickly. This change is something aCremation recognized several years ago. That’s when aCremation’s founder decided the Texas area needed an alternative to the traditional funeral home. Just like everyone’s experience in life is different, so is their end-of-life celebration.

Sarah Scully with the Houston Chronicle published an article on August 7, 2015 that discusses the changes in the funeral industry, and specifically, the growth in cremations. The article (a subscription is required to view) includes an interview with aCremation’s manager and Funeral Director, Frank Seddio along with other companies serving the Houston area. Frank has been an embalmer and funeral director for over 30 years.

The article covers several of the reasons cremation is growing as an option for families. Among the reasons are:

  • Affordability. Cremation can be one-third to one-fifth less. For instance, the cost of cremation in all of the markets aCremation serves is well under $1,000. This well under the 2014 median cost of $2,000 in the U.S. (according to the National Funeral Directors Association).
  • Family Mobility. Families are much more transient than generations before. This has led in a decline of the traditional “family cemetery” and more families making funeral or memorial decisions later in life.
  • Most traditional funeral rituals are grounded in the religious beliefs of the person or family. With people being deeply involved or connected with a church declining, so are many of these traditions. For instance, more services are being held at funeral home chapels or alternative locations than previous times.

Many funeral homes across the country specialize in a specific area. aCremation focuses on affordable cremations under $1,000 for families that “just want cremation” or want to combine the cremation with a simple goodbye gathering at the crematory.

The benefit to families is that today provides many options that enable them to have an end-of-life celebration that truly reflects their beliefs and wishes.

aCremation specializes in direct cremation throughout Central and South Texas. Our team of dedicated, compassionate professionals are available around-the-clock to assist with making cremation arrangements and to answer any questions. aCremation currently serves Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Tyler, and Waco). We invite you to call us, toll-free.

Mary Beth Barnett

About Mary Beth Barnett

Mary Beth Barnett is a licensed Funeral Director in Texas. Her involvement with aCremation began before our doors opened – researching how we could provide affordable cremations and still keep quality and service standards high. Through this process, she developed a passion for working with families who are going through one of the most stressful phases of life – planning for death.

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