Is Cremation the Right Choice for You?
As many families in Lake Ronkonkoma, Holbrook, and Bohemia hear that people than ever are choosing cremation over traditional burial, they come to us with this question: “Is cremation right for me?”
Here at Moloney Family Funeral Homes, we realize this is a very important and personal decision. Our caring staff can help you understand all of your options and come to your own conclusions about what’s best for you and your family.
First, let’s talk about why more people than ever are choosing cremation. According to a 2017 report by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the rate of cremation in the U.S. is at an all-time high and surpassed the rate of burial for the second year. They expect the rate of cremation to reach nearly 79% by 2035.
It’s clear that the way Americans are handling their final arrangements is changing. In the past, families have typically followed tradition, often with a visitation, ceremony, reception, and burial – sometimes in a family estate at a local cemetery.
But as religious prohibitions fade, as the grips of tradition loosen, and as families spread out across the country, preferences and needs are evolving. Trends are shifting. Some choose cremation because it can be a less expensive option. Others don’t feel as tied to the way their family “has always done things.” We’re also meeting more and more New Yorkers who are concerned about their carbon footprint and want a more eco-friendly option. Moloney Family Funeral Homes is a Green Burial Society Member and is knowledgeable about options emphasizing simplicity and environmental sustainability.
Rest assured, if you choose cremation with Moloney Family Funeral Homes, you’ll have peace of mind knowing we adhere to the very highest professional and ethical cremation standards. While many funeral homes and cremation societies outsource cremation to third-party providers, our on-site crematories mean your loved one is always with us. We oversee the entire process, ensuring all of the procedures and equipment meet our rigorous standards. Most importantly, we promise your loved one will be treated with dignity.
We are also able to help design a dignified service to help honor and celebrate a life. Many experts say gathering to pay tribute is an important step in the grieving process. It’s important to remember that when you choose cremation, you may still have a visitation, memorial service, traditional funeral service, graveside observance, and many other comforting and healing rituals. And you can personalize any service with a balloon or dove release, live musicians, or a display featuring family photos, military metals, and favorite recipes or flowers.
If you’d like to scatter some or all of the cremated remains in place of significance, we can help you learn about regulations that may apply. When it comes to commemorating a life, there are endless options and the choice is all up to you.
If you would like to discuss further details, our preplanning specialists can help you put a plan in place that will bring meaning and comfort to you and your family. Whether you choose burial or cremation, the Moloney family is here to make sure you’re confident in your decision, and that your final farewell is exactly what you had in mind.