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How to Discuss Cremation Options with Families

May 14, 2021 by Brent Thomas
Cremation, Featured

We all know that cremation rates are rising. According to CANA’s 2020 industry statistical information, the cremation rate is projected to be 60.7% in 2024. Although this number will vary by service area, the percentage of people who choose cremation is expected to continue to increase overall.

As more families are selecting this option, funeral professionals need to be prepared to answer their questions and help them plan meaningful and memorable funeral services. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you work to provide the best possible experience.

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7 Environmentally Friendly Funeral Ideas

April 22, 2021 by Sarah Loghry
Cremation, Funeral Industry Trends, Featured

The topic of “going green” comes up frequently in my family. My sister is a dedicated environmentalist who is trying to save the oceans, my mom wants to save the trees and my dad just wants to save on his electric bill. I grew up understanding the importance of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” and I try to practice it as often as I can. I have reusable grocery bags, I make sure to turn off all the lights when I leave a room and when I first learned about eco-friendly funerals, I made sure to pass the information along to my family.

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Tips for Discussing Cremation with Families

February 4, 2021 by Pam Kleese
Cremation, Featured

I’ve been fascinated by the topic of cremation ever since I started working at Homesteaders many years ago. Being new to the funeral profession, I struggled to understand why the topic generated such differing reactions among funeral professionals. As I’ve spent more time understanding the dynamics at play for many in the profession, I started to realize that the issue was more complicated than I’d originally thought. That is why I was excited that Homesteaders sponsored a joint research project with the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) in 2019. We heard directly from consumers about their personal cremation experiences so we could better understand their motivations and perspectives on this topic.

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6 Real Reasons Families Choose Cremation

June 22, 2017 by Sarah Loghry
Cremation

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) projects that by 2025, the United States will have an overall cremation rate of 65.2% and 72.8% in 2030. It’s easy to assume why families choose cremation, but it’s also important to remember that these statistics represent real people with families and thought processes we may not be privy to. We wanted to better understand why families chose cremation, so we interviewed individuals who had recently lost a loved one who was later cremated. Here’s what they told us:

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What Families Who Choose Cremation Services Want You to Know

January 19, 2016 by Alyssa McNab
Cremation

Think about the most recent positive experience you had with a service provider. Most likely, your experience was notable because the people you worked with made an effort to understand your preferences and then used their own expertise to offer reliable suggestions about how they could accommodate your choices.

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Cremation as a Catalyst for Prearranging

September 22, 2015 by Pam Kleese
Cremation

At Homesteaders, we’re committed to helping our funeral home customers better serve families who choose cremation. One way we do this is through semi-annual policy owner surveys, which help gather the perspectives of preneed families who funeral professionals serve every day.

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How Cremation Services Can Be Opportunities for Funeral Directors

September 3, 2015 by Danielle Burmeister
Cremation

Cremation rates have increased dramatically in the last 50 years. In 1965, less than four percent of all end-of-life services in the United States included cremation services. This year, cremation rates are expected to surpass those of traditional burials, and industry experts project that over 70 percent of all burials will include cremation by 2030.*

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Memorial Service Ideas for Families who Choose Cremation

July 2, 2015 by Alyssa McNab
Cremation, Featured

People who choose cremation do so for a variety of reasons – including the fact that others in their family have been cremated or the desire for an environmentally friendly option. But what doesn’t change when a family chooses cremation is their wish to plan a meaningful, memorable service.

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