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Things to think about: Cremation and green funerals

Cremation and green funerals have been growing in popularity as more people seek alternative burial options that are eco-friendly and cost-effective. While these options may seem attractive, there are some disadvantages to consider. One of the most significant ones is that cremation and green funerals either do not provide a physical space to visit for those who are grieving, or the burial site is not easily accessible.

For many, visiting a grave site is part of the grieving process and can provide comfort and a sense of connection to the deceased. With cremation and green funerals, this can be more challenging.

In addition to the emotional impact, not having a specific grave site can also make it difficult for future generations to connect with their family’s history. Grave sites can serve as a physical reminder of a family’s lineage and provide a sense of continuity and tradition. Without a specific grave site, future generations may feel disconnected from their family’s past, making it challenging to pass down stories and traditions to future generations.

However, there are other ways to provide a connection with those that we have lost. There are innovative ways to keep your loved ones close, such as turning some of their ashes into a diamond. Read this blog post about our Director of Community Relations, Kim Shute’s experience here. There are also Thumbies, which preserve the fingerprint of your loved one and can be worn as jewellery or as a keepsake. Parting Stones is a company that turns ashes into beautiful, smooth stones that can be placed in a fountain, or wherever as a reminder of the person that you have lost.

As traditions evolve, cremations and green funerals will most likely become more and more popular. That being said, it is important to take into consideration some things like, where and how would you like to be memorialized and where and how your loved one’s can feel close to you.

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