Are Cremation Services Right for You?

By: Laura Sussman
Monday, December 10, 2018

As in most areas across North America, Las Vegas NV cremation services have significantly increased in popularity over the course of the past two decades. In 2002, the average cremation rate across the country was less than 25%. In 2017, the national average was 51% for the first time in history. In Nevada, cremations have grown even more popular over the same amount of time. Over 70% of deaths in the state of Nevada are now cremated, according to the Cremation Association of North America.  

The primary reason for the rise in the popularity of cremations is their lower price compared to full service, traditional funerals. These are the services you typically think of when you hear the word “funeral.” In a traditional funeral, a burial takes place after a visitation service and eulogy. A traditional funeral is essentially a bundle of goods and services sold to consumers so that the affair can be held. For example, a traditional funeral has numerous expenses such as the cost of the ceremony itself, embalming fees, a casket to bury the body, a grave liner to prevent the grave from collapsing, fees for the funeral home to make the documentary arrangements, which include the securing of the death certificate, and so on. These expenses add up, depending on the equipment you purchase and the location that you’re in. 

By choosing to have a cremation, you can avoid some or all of the expenses associated with a full service, traditional funeral. For example, if you choose to have a direct cremation, the only major expense you’ll need to pay is for the cremation service itself, which is the least expensive way to proceed after a death. 

It’s also possible to have aspects of a traditional funeral, if you and your family wish it, but still save on certain expenses with a cremation. For example, if you have a eulogy and visitation service, followed by a cremation, you’ll still be able to save money by renting a casket, and you wouldn’t need to purchase a grave liner, gravestone, or burial plot. In this way, you can save compared to a full service funeral by choosing to have a cremation, while still retaining traditional funerary aspects. 

If you have any other questions about Las Vegas, NV cremation services, contact Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services. You will get the information you need to plan your own services, or the compassion you deserve to plan services for a loved one. We treat our clients with the utmost respect at all times, no matter what the situation or what choices you make. Give us a call at (702) 485-6500 to set up a time to come in and see us. We’re located at 3975 S. Durango Drive, Suite 104 Las Vegas, NV 89147 and our funeral director is ready to talk through the options with you until you reach the right decisions for your family. There are plenty of ways to honor someone who has passed on. It’s just a matter of what’s right for you at this time. 

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