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More options for final disposition exist today than just a decade or two ago. The long-held tradition of burial has been steadily losing ground to cremation. With a projected 58.85 percent of individuals opting for cremation, the practice is becoming a much more desired and accepted option for several reasons.
In particular, San Diego and surrounding areas have experienced an estimated growth rate of 3.7 percent since the 2010 census figures were released. The premium placed on land value translates to increased costs associated with burial. Cremation, in addition to being a more ecologically sound choice, negates the purchase of a casket, burial plot, headstone, graveside accommodations, and other fees associated with a burial.
Those who select cremation also provide their loved ones with peace of mind. Not only do families have one less decision to make during a particularly stressful time, but they also save money by preplanning and locking in current prices for cremation services. Unbeknownst to many, cremation became popular in the early part of the last century. As noted by the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), "...cremation was the choice of the wealthy and the well-educated. All crematories were located on cemetery property and elaborate columbariums were built for the elaborate urns then being used."
Today, demographic research shows cremation is most often preferred among well-educated individuals who typically earn higher-than-average incomes. Additionally, the increased mobility of our modern culture has led to people settling in communities other than those in which they were raised, making traditional burials less desirable.
If you are interested in or considering cremation for your end-of-life plan, request your free Direct Cremation Guide from Trident Society, California's trusted cremation provider.
Save on the Cremation Fee
For families on a budget, one of the most important factors of choosing a cremation provider that owns its own cremation facility is the cost of the cremation fee. When families select a third-party provider, such as a funeral home that doesn’t own its own crematorium, this provider then has to outsource the cremation to someone else. In the process, they’re paying a higher rate for that fee than someone who can do the cremation in-house.
Additionally, the third-party funeral home or other provider has to get a fee for the work of arranging the cremation with the cremation facility, so that cost gets added into the cremation fee, or may be charged alongside the cremation fee. In the end, the cremation fee may be somewhat to significantly higher than dealing directly with a San Diego cremation provider that owns its own cremation facilities.
Reduce Related Costs
In addition to the higher cremation fee and the fee of arranging the service with a third-party, families often face additional costs associated with cremation through a third party facility. For example, if families choose a funeral provider, the remains may be transported to the funeral home, and then transferred to the cremation provider. This incurs additional transportation costs versus having the remains transported directly to the cremation provider in the beginning. Families may incur a number of additional costs this way by adding an extra party into the cremation process.
Ensure Safe Handling by a Trusted Provider
Finally, using a cremation provider who owns their own facilities offers valuable peace of mind. In one recent horror story, a family worked with a funeral provider to arrange a cremation. There were numerous delays in transporting the remains to the cremation provider, which caused a delay of multiple days in the cremation itself. Additionally, when the family finally got the cremated remains, they were in the wrong urn. The family then began to wonder if there had been a mix-up somewhere in the process, and if they actually had someone else’s remains.
When you arrange a San Diego cremation directly with a trusted cremation provider that owns their own crematoriums, you know that only a single provider is handling your loved one. You can select a cremation provider with a trusted reputation, and gain the peace of mind of knowing your loved one is being treated respectfully and carefully. You get the cost savings of cutting a third party out of the process, as well as reducing related costs by eliminating unnecessary transfers of the remains or other additional steps. It’s easy to see why it’s so important for San Diego families to choose a cremation provider that owns its own crematorium.
A San Diego cremation is an affordable alternative to traditional burial. When individuals or families choose cremation, they forego the high costs of buying a burial plot, buying a casket and burial vault, hiring laborers to open and close the grave, transporting the remains from the funeral home to the cemetery, and the costs of preparing a body for burial. A San Diego cremation may still include a funeral or memorial service, but can save families thousands or tens of thousands of dollars compared to a traditional burial.
San Diego Cremation and Funeral Costs
San Diego cremation costs vary depending on a range of factors. If individuals or family members have the foresight to pre-plan for cremation and funeral needs, they could save thousands of dollars by locking in rates at today’s prices. A San Diego cremation service can also negate the need for a traditional funeral, saving families tens of thousands of dollars in funeral costs. A budget-conscious San Diego funeral easily costs an average of $7,000 to $10,000. That cost can rise dramatically with more elaborate caskets or more expensive burial plots. Cremation negates the myriad costs associated with burial.
Affordable San Diego Funeral Options
The bulk of funeral costs are related to the casket and burial. When one chooses cremation, one may still have a traditional funeral - but without all of the costs associated with the casket and burial. Cremation with a funeral is a fraction of the cost of a San Diego funeral and burial, giving families savings of thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. Alternately, a family could choose cremation and hold a nice memorial service in a place that was special to the deceased, such as a park or community center, and save all of the costs associated with funeral expenses.
San Diego cremation is an affordable option for families who want to memorialize the deceased, but don’t want to spend tens of thousands of dollars doing it.
Part of choosing a San Diego cremation is planning a meaningful way to handle disposition of the cremation ashes. Cremation offers a unique opportunity to do something individualized and memorializing.
Families may choose to keep the cremated remains in a cremation urn at home, bury the remains, or place the cremated remains in a columbarium. A columbarium offers a permanent memorial for people to visit, and a guarantee of perpetual care.
Most families, however, opt to scatter the cremation ashes, returning them to nature.
Cremations in San Diego offer special opportunities for scattering of ashes given the bountiful surroundings. For someone who loved the ocean, ashes might be scattered at Sunset Cliffs or directly into the Pacific. Torrey Pines golf course might be an appropriate location to scatter the ashes of a devoted golfer. Or, for those that simply loved San Diego and its abundance of natural beauty, Balboa Park may be a fitting location.
No matter which location best fits the deceased, ash scattering following a San Diego cremation can be combined with words of remembrance, prayers, or even a service. Cremation allows a memorial that best fits the personality and history of the deceased, and provides a special attachment to a beloved place so that friends and families continue to visit and remember.
California has the highest rate of cremations in the U.S., according to a study by the Cremation Association of North America (CANA). Cremation is a popular choice in the state of California over burials for several reasons. Cremations are
- eco-friendly, and
- give families the opportunity to keep or scatter ashes in a special place.
Cremations in San Jose, CA
There are many options available to you when choosing a cremation in San Jose, CA. A cremation services provider like Trident Society helps you plan for a cremation in advance or following a recent death. There are many decisions to make when planning, including whether you want a memorial service, and whether you want to keep the ashes in an urn or scatter them. Planning your cremation in advance helps cut costs as well as ease the burden on your family members.
A cremation is a simple process, but can take longer than a traditional funeral with a burial. Typically you have to wait 24-48 hours after death before a cremation can occur so that a medical professional ensures the body is ready for cremation and signs the appropriate paperwork. Family members choose to be present during the cremation or have the remains shipped to them following the cremation. If you are keeping the cremated remains, you might want to have an urn ready to collect the remains after cremation. If you don’t have an urn, the crematory will place the cremated remains into a simple lined container.
Scattering Ashes on Land or Sea
Many people who choose cremation like their ashes scattered in a special location. If you decide to scatter ashes, read the most up-to-date Cremated Remains Disposer’s Booklet written by the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Scattering ashes in many public places around San Jose or the state of California is legal, but you must check with specific entities, such as the California Dept. of Parks and Recreation, to make sure that you’re abiding by their policies. Most of the time, you will be prohibited from scattering ashes in places where doing so greatly interferes with public use or enjoyment of the space.
If you wish to scatter ashes at sea, you can do so in several places around the country. Trident Society is able to make arrangements for scatter-at-sea services. You can also scatter ashes at the Neptune Memorial Reef – a large reef memorial off Biscayne in Miami, Florida.
For help planning a San Jose cremation, download our free cremation guide.