Why Choose Cremation?
Nearly two years ago my brother-in-law died in a tragic ATV accident. I was privileged to help his wife and two young daughters with the funeral arrangements. We had a beautiful service where tears were shed and laughs were shared as we remembered all the good times. After the casket was placed into the hearse we broke from the traditional service, and instead of going to the cemetery we went to the crematory in Salt Lake City. I asked my sister-in-law why he had chosen cremation. It turns out it was actually his wish, which he had shared in a chance conversation two weeks before. He wanted to be cremated because that was the only way he could be in Utah, where his wife and kids were, and Kansas, where he grew up. For him, we got two urns, and one is now buried in Kansas, and the other is in Utah with his family. He is truly in both of the places that he loved.
My friend, Tom, has selected cremation because he feels that is only way that his immortal soul can be free. The thought of cremation brings to him the idea of liberty.
Another friend, Marty, considers cremation his choice because of the potential cost savings.
My father wants cremation for two reasons. It breaks family traditions and he doesn’t have to be in one spot. He wants to be spread in the foothills of Bountiful, where he spent a great deal of time camping and hiking.
I have told my wife that should I die I would want cremation so that she would not have to feel anchored to me. I have seen so many families that go to great lengths to transport deceased loved ones when they move. We are young, and not knowing what may happen I don’t want my wife to worry, and feel that she have every choice in the world.
These examples are just a small selection of why to choose cremation. The reasons are varied and no reason is wrong. These choices are deeply personal. The thing to keep in mind is that cremation increases the choices that you and your loved ones have. This freedom allows a person to have their final wishes followed.