Today, more New Yorkers search for simpler, more affordable alternatives to a traditional burial. Cremation is an economically viable alternative and has quickly becoming accepted and embraced. We hope to provide you with the information you need, to make the best choice.
The types of cremation services to consider include…
- Direct or Simple Cremation
In a Direct Cremation, also known as Simple Immediate Cremation, the deceased is taken from the place of death to the funeral home and then to crematory without any services or gathering.
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- One last goodbye
This type of simple cremation service allows immediate relatives and their choice of close friends to participate in a brief gathering lasting an hour. Another option would be for just a few loved ones who choose to make an identification or say their last goodbye prior to the cremation taking place.
- Family gathering, private or with friends.
In New York City, some are accustomed to a gathering prior to the final disposition of cremation. It is a well-received way of allowing friends and family to come together to comfort one another, to share memories, to have a service that meets your needs. This is typically done prior to the cremation.
- Memorial Service/Celebration of Life. This type of gathering at the funeral home, can be done after the cremation takes place, with or without the ashes present. Ask about the many technologically advanced options available to enrich these choices such as music and audio systems, a memorial tribute slide show on large flat screen monitors and a professional celebrant to help arrange, organize and lead the service.
How popular is cremation in New York City?
In 2000, the cremation rate in New York City was 20.32%. In 2022, the cremation rate more than tripled to 62.5%. As the trend continues to grow, New Yorkers are likely to continue selecting cremation as an affordable alternative to traditional earth burial.
(Statistics provided by CANA, Cremation Association of North America)
What are the reasons people choose cremation over traditional burial?
Affordability, Simplicity, Eco-consciousness and adhering to the requests of the family and the decedent are primary reasons people select cremation.
Are there multiple service options with cremation?
With cremation, families are often not aware of the many options that are available when it is selected. A very private or public gathering at the funeral home, personalized memorial services, celebration of life services, scattering of ashes-at-sea (with or without family and friends attending), or interring / entombing the cremated remains (ashes) are a few examples of choices with cremation.
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