Traditional funerals, which typically involve two days of visitation followed by cemetery interment, are on the decline in Ontario. Not only is the population living longer because of medical advances, but there are now more affordable alternatives to funerals – both contributing facts to this decrease.
Alternatives to Traditional Funerals are on the Rise
More and more consumers are looking for low-cost options as an alternative to a traditional funeral. In Ontario, the most common choice is cremation. During the 1970s, only approximately 4% of people were cremated, compared to over 60% in recent years.
Just like today’s real estate market, burial plots and mausoleum prices have increased substantially. According to The Bereavement Authority of Ontario, an average, traditional funeral costs approximately $7,500 (including service, casket and vault), with the cost of plot, burial and headstone being separate. Cremations are much more affordable; at Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre, cremation packages cost just over $2,200, including tax.
Opportunities to Personalize the Memories of a Loved One
A Service of Remembrance or a Celebration of Life of the deceased has become more main-stream. For those who are looking for a way to remember their loved one that is less religious-centered than a traditional funeral, these two alternatives would be options to consider. These alternatives offer many ways to make the service as personalized as wanted.
Scattering ashes at a memorable place to the deceased person without fanfare, or hosting a simple wine and cheese reception are just a few examples of alternatives to a traditional funeral. For those who are more environmentally friendly, a ‘green burial’ may be a great option. This type of burial focusses on returning the body as naturally as possible to the earth.
Traditional Funerals Do Not Suit Everyone
A cremation is sometimes the right choice for families who live far away from the deceased person, since it allows for more flexibility from a scheduling viewpoint. Funerals followed by a burial must occur within days of the death. In contrast, cremations can be performed right away, but the memorial service can be scheduled later. This option allows family members who do not live near the deceased person to attend the service.
People in today’s culture are less likely to remain in the same town or city for the duration of their lifetime. This trend has led to a cemetery plot or headstone becoming less important to family members, and other options for a meaningful remembrance are being considered.
Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre Can Help
Choosing the best way to honor the life of a family member or friend can be difficult. Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre is here to help you. Contact us today to learn more about the options and services we can provide to celebrate the life of your loved one.