More Americans than ever are choosing cremation – and it’s estimated that the number will only continue to rise. Our staff members at Krause Funeral Home receive a lot of questions from our neighbors in Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Brookfield about why this is the case. There are many reasons families are choosing cremation rather than a traditional burial, and we want to outline a few here.
On average, cremation costs less than traditional burial.
While a funeral with a traditional burial has a reputation for being expensive, cost is dependent on the products and services selected. That said, choosing cremation generally involves fewer costs than a traditional burial. Some opt for a simple cremation with no service, while others want a visitation, service, and reception before or after the cremation takes place. We can accommodate any preference.
Families know they can trust us.
Our on-site crematory allows our experienced cremation professionals to closely supervise every step of the process. Every cremation at Krause is backed by our Cremation with Confidence™ Guarantee, which ensures your loved one never leaves our care throughout the entire cremation.
Cremation offers families a flexible schedule.
With more and more families spread out across the U.S. and often not living close to each other, cremation provides much-needed flexibility. Cremation can occur up to two weeks after someone has died, and the funeral or memorial service can occur any time either before or after the cremation. This gives families in different locations ample time to meet up for a service to honor their loved one. With traditional burial, the timeline is much narrower, whereas those who choose cremation have the freedom to take as much time as they need to gather their loved ones together.
Families can choose how they handle their loved one’s cremated remains.
Many people assume that cremation is the more sustainable and eco-friendly choice compared to traditional burial. In most cases, cremated remains don’t take up as much physical space as a burial plot. Cremated remains can be placed in an urn, keepsake jewelry, or another designated container or even divided up among family members. Scattering cremated remains is still a popular choice for families in our area.