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The costs associated with the cremation of human remains are far less than those of a traditional in ground burial.

Although people die every minute of every day, it is always a shock when it happens. Regardless to who it is, whether it's a family member, a friend or an acquaintance, or even if it is a complete stranger, death brings a sense of sadness and dread. To make matters worse, you have to go through the process of getting the deceased's' remains cared for and put away.

If you don't prepare for such events, you may leave a heavy burden on your loved ones, especially if they don't have the money to pay for the high costs of funeral arrangements and the burial site.

When you don't have the money to bury a loved one, it becomes an added burden on you and the rest of the family. No one wants to be caught in this position, yet, many people are.

A lot of people don't even want to think about their own demise or the deaths of the their loved ones, let alone plan for them. They don't make the necessary investments to insure that they have the money to cover the costs of a funeral. They don't have life insurance, pre-need burial plans, or enough cash on hand to pay for funeral expenses.

As the costs of funerals become more and more expensive, many people start looking for ways to save on burial expenses. A grave burial is the most expensive way to dispose of remains, which is the most popular way in the United States. Around ninety percent of Americans choose this method. Nowadays though, many people are looking at cremation as a viable alternative. That number is around 10 percent and growing.

Cremation is far cheaper than a grave burial because there is no need for a cemetery plot, an expensive casket, and no embalming is necessary. In most cases, the remains are reduced to under 10 pounds or less, including the bones which are pulverized and combined with the ashes. Then the ashes are placed in an urn or other container.

The ashes can be placed in a grave or kept at a location designed to house urns at the cemetery or the ashes may be scattered at sea or at other authorized locations. In most cases, the ashes are released to the survivors who are authorized to dispose of them as per the wishes of the deceased.

Understandably, the cremation of a loved one is not a choice that most Americans would even want to think about, but during tough economic times, cremation may be an alternative worth looking into. The money saved on cremation over the costs of a traditional burial can be substantial.

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