The number of people choosing cremation has risen to include more than 40 percent of all funerals throughout the US each year. Religious beliefs, family customs and ethnic cultures can all be contributing factors for the vast number of families choosing cremation over tradition ground burial today.
The cost for cremation can also be considerably less than traditional burial funerals. With everything environmentally required for a traditional burial, families sometimes have no choice when it comes to the financial aspect of paying for the funeral. They inevitably have to choose the less expensive service.
No matter what the reason, the options for memorialization after cremation are diverse. And whether in a cemetery or on private land, granite and marble products are lasting, touching tributes to loved ones. They can hold cremated ashes, or retain their empty spaces, the choice is up to the family. But many are designed to hold small containers, such as granite urns or cremation boxes. A columbarium is a good choice for families wishing to be kept together, and can be manufactured with several doors to access each holding area or "niche" to place individual urns.
Benches can also be used for holding cremated remains. Many are designed with core holes to keep the remains in separate and sealed areas within the bench. Other designs have niche openings, similar to the columbarium style of memorial, which holds the actual urn. Either cremation memorial choice can be sandblasted or laser etched (usually on the niche doors themselves) to include family member names, birth and death dates, personal artwork and epitaphs, to further personalize each granite or marble memorial.