In North America, as cremation continues to grow in popularity, funeral homes are now facing a new problem; families that are not returning to pick up the cremated remains of their loved one.
Geoff Carnell, owner of Carnell’s Funeral Home said “It’s inconceivable.” “People could never imagine that others could just walk away from a loved one.”
According to the Cremation Association of North America, by the year 2015, 44 percent of American deaths will result in cremation of the deceased. Most religions now accept the practice, and the increasing numbers of people who opt for cremation have made it the fastest-growing choice for final handling of the remains. However, along with the rising popularity of cremation, some misconceptions have arisen which have to do with the perceived “green” aspect of cremation.
Losing a pet is never easy. Although no pet owner likes to think about it, at some point you must face the inevitable truth that one day your beloved companion will no longer be with you. Should that time arrive unexpectedly, being unprepared or not knowing how you want to honor your pet’s remains can add a whole new level of stress to the grief and loss you’re already experiencing.
North Carolina continues to show a steady increase in people who are choosing cremation over traditional burial. According to statistics published by the Cremation Association of North America, the nationwide cremation rate for 2011 stood at 42.2%. The overall cremation rate rose 15% between 2001-2011, with an 8% jump occurring in the last five years of the study.
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