Cremation Resources for Funeral Professionals

Learn why families choose cremation and discover tips for presenting final disposition and memorial service options to them.



Why Families Choose Cremation

According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), "the cremation growth rate has remained steady and predictable throughout the otherwise unpredictable era, but now the death and cremation numbers have decreased and follow a pre-pandemic growth pattern." As of CANA's latest Annual Statistics Report, the current annual percentage of cremations in the U.S. is 59% and many regions are entering a period of rapid growth. Keep reading to discover why families choose cremation and how your firm can discuss final disposition and memorial options with client families.

What Families Who Choose Cremation Services Want You to Know

If you were to ask families who choose cremation what they want you to know about their choices, what would they tell you? The best way to understand a family’s preferences is to ask them directly, but you can also be prepared to anticipate their needs by reviewing data that has already been collected about families who choose cremation.

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Discussing Final Disposition and Memorial Options with Families Who Choose Cremation


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How to Discuss Cremation Options with Families 

As more families are selecting cremation, 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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Final Disposition Options for Families Who Choose Cremation

Cremation has exploded in popularity in recent years. However, popular or not, funeral professionals must help families choose the final disposition option that their loved ones have requested and that will help them move through their grief at their own pace.

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Memorial Service Ideas for Families Who Choose Cremation

People who choose cremation do so for a variety of reasons. But what doesn’t change is the family's wish to plan a meaningful, memorable service. Here are a few ways to create a service that allows families to support one another and celebrate a life well-lived.

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