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Considering cremation? So too are cemeteries

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There are hundreds of thousands of cemeteries across the United States; and while most people don't think about them much, after reading today's post you may start considering them a little more. As you already know, most cemeteries have a restricted amount of space. Unless a cemetery expands, only a certain amount of people will be able to be buried on the site before the cemetery owner will have to turn people away.

It's for this reason, as well as growing concerns about land use and the impact to the environment, that more and more people are turning toward "greener" options such as cremation. In the U.S., about 42 percent of deaths result in cremation. But that number is expected to rise over the next few years, leaving many people -- as well as cemeteries -- wondering what options should be made available for people to mourn the deceased.

One solution that addresses both the increasing demand for cremation over traditional burial methods and the issue of space is the mausoleum. Many cemeteries across the nation, including here in Florida, are offering this as an option for people who have been cremated but also want a place for their loved ones to visit after they have passed on. Mausoleums, as you may know, offer protection from the elements as well as eliminate the concern some people have about other people walking on their grave.

If you've never considered cremation as a burial option but are now after reading today's post, then you may need to update your will to reflect your new end-of-life wishes. Doing so sooner rather than later will make sure that your loved ones know exactly what you'd like done with your remains after passing away so as to avoid confusions or disputes later on.

Source:, "As cremations rise, cemeteries rethink land use," Bowdeya Tweh, Dec. 20, 2014

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