Funeral Sector In The US Due For Investigation This Year

Most people would choose a funeral home based on the relationship with the funeral director in Sydney and the proximity of the establishment to the family’s home. It is not common for people to pre-plan a funeral even if experts encourage them to do so. It is typical for funeral services to be arranged by the family after the loved one has died.

There are at least 22,000 funeral homes in the United States; most of them are family-owned. It is highly uncommon for funeral homes to post their price online that is why many grieving families are financially disadvantaged by the time somebody dies in the family. It is very unlikely that they will haggle over the costs of the funeral services.

According to National Funeral Directors Association, the typical cost of traditional burial in the US including viewing the body was $7,400 in 2017. Funeral through cremation that is increasingly becoming popular is $6,300. Costs vary among the different funeral homes.

General Counsel with the funeral directors association, Scott Gilligan said that only 20% of the members post their prices online. Most of these funeral homes belong to the larger and more competitive market. Funeral directors do not see any urgency to post prices on online because there is no major demand from consumers. People choose a funeral home based on how well they know the funeral director, not the price of the service provided.

The last review that was made by Federal Trade Commission was in 2008 and the commission rejected the adoption of changes. The timeline for a 10-year review is not mandated even if it has been scheduled for several years. A review is supposed to happen this year and the commission will seek public comments to determine whether changes are necessary. Posting prices online would make enforcement more efficient particularly when checking compliance.

Respect is at the heart of every service provided by the funeral director in Sydney to families who are grieving the loss of a loved one. An appropriate atmosphere is provided so that the family and friends can make their last emotional goodbye to the deceased.


Cremation Rates In The US On The Rise

National reports and local funeral directors across the US are saying that more and more families are opting to cremate their duly departed, and the numbers are set to grow, which means that cremation urns will be on demand. According to a report by National Funeral Directors Association, based in Washington, DC, that’s exactly the case.

The report, the 2018 Cremation and Burial Report, says that the national cremation rate in the US is going up, with forecasts predicting that it’ll go up by 33% within the next 2 decades, noting that the 2018 cremation rate sat at 53.5%, while the burial rate sat at 40.5%. The expected growth is expected to bring the US’s cremation rate to close to 80% by 2035.

Funeral directors across the US took note of the shift, like Kacey Neinstedt, from Hartford’s Shimon Funeral Home, who says that the staff has seen more people coming with cremation urns and cremations for the duly departed within the last half-decade. She says that popularity has definitely been on the rise, with Shimon having about an even split between cremations and burials, and she expects that it’ll continue to go up as time passes.

Funeral Director Michael Palmisano, CesarzCharapata&Zennicker Funeral Home, says that there’s also cost to consider. Cremation is a bit more cost effective than a traditional burial, and that not having a cemetery property can be a very pricey problem.

On top of that, he says that there’s also the options that cremation offers. With a burial, he explains, someone can only get buried in a cemetery. With cremation, it’s not just cremation urns, as the duly departed can opt to get blasted into space, set down into a coral reef, or the more traditional ‘spreading of the ashes’ bit.

Cremation is on the rise across the US, but the NFDA report noted that the Southern states still opt for burials, while the northern states are set to go past 50% cremation rate before 2035 event hits, with Wisconsin one of the 12 states expected to have a cremation rate sitting over 80% by 2030.


Choosing Between Burial And Cremation

When a person dies, they think that they are done caring for Mother Nature but the truth that many do not know is that traditional burials is not good for the environment. Despite this, traditional burial along with cemeteries carry a very important role especially with regards to social aspect. Aside from burial, another method that has gained popularity is cremation, using cremation urns for adults and infants, which is also not good for the environment. Aside from the two formerly mentioned, another alternative is known as green burial which is promoted to be environment-friendly.

In the case of traditional burials, the footprint left on the environment is small but not insignificant because there are many steps included in the process such as embalming, making the coffin, creating the tombstone and making sure the grave site is well-manicured. Every year, around 800,000 tons ofembalming fluids containing formaldehyde are injected into the graveyard soil in the United States.

A cemetery with a land area of 10 acres has coffin wood that could have been used to construct 40 homes. Formaldehyde is suspected to be a cancer causing chemical which can seep into the ground. No further studies have been conducted regarding its effect yet.

Compared to traditional burial, cremation is the lesser evil. It burns natural gas because the heat has to be maintained between 750 and 800 degrees for a minimum of 45 minutes and a maximum of 90 minutes. During the process, greenhouse gases are released into the environment along with various chemicals inside the human body including furans, dioxins and mercury from dental fillings.

There are ways by which these effects can be reduced. If you choose traditional burial, request to skip embalming and choose a casket that is biodegradable. You can have a burial shroud that easily breaks down so the chemicals can be quickly adapted by nature. For those choosing cremation, choose cremation urns for adults that are non-toxic. You can help reduce carbon emission of your burning corpse by donating to a fund. There is an increasing demand for cremation nowadays because it is cheaper.