For centuries, our culture has had a firmly rooted tradition of ground burial in a cemetery. But this tradition is changing, and for a variety of reasons. In the decision between burial or cremation, cremation is gaining ground, with as many as 40% of families choosing cremation in some regions. A report from Stephanie Gregory of Keloland Television News:
The Sioux Falls news agency report quotes Phil Schmitz, a local funeral director at George Boom Funeral Home, providing several reasons which motivate this cultural change:
- Some families do not have a tradition of ground burial
- Some prefer the simplicity of cremation
- Some prefer the environmental-friendly aspects of cremation
- Many choose cremation because of the relative affordability of cremation when compared to ground burial
Other reasons for choosing cremation over burial include land usage (cremation requires less space), transportation issues (many families are scattered across the country, and cremated remains are easier to transport than a full-sized casket), scattering of remains (scattering ashes can be done just about anywhere), proximity to surviving relatives (a cremation urn can be kept in your home), and a myriad of reasons relating to individual and personal preferences.