When you visit Linden, New Jersey, you will know that cremation used to be a foreign word. Many years ago, traditional burial is done to the bodies of deceased. A few years back, cremation entered the funeral scene along with cremation urns for babies and adults. This is when things started to slowly change for the town.
Instead of the cemetery, the memorial urns with ashes are kept inside a columbarium. Many might assume that since they chose cremation, the families of the deceased would have wanted to keep the ashes close to their home or spread it somewhere just like in the movies but the truth is that these memorial urns are still kept in a single place very much similar to a cemetery but instead of headstones there are rows and rows of urns.
When you enter a columbarium, you will see cubby holes where each urn is kept. There are different styles of urns and the passing of time will tell how much the design and the styles have changed over the years. Contemporary ones look cleaner and boxier while modern once are more focused on the aesthetics.
Almost four decades ago in 1980, not even 5 per cent of Americans have chosen cremation over traditional burial. Now the number has increased by ten folds at 50 per cent as revealed by the National Cremation Association of North America. There are many factors that impacted the change by evolving culture coupled with religious standards have played major roles.
The sudden increase in number of cremations can be accounted to the time of the Great Recession. This is because cremation is more affordable compared to the alternative. Nowadays, Rosehill cremates around 25 bodies every day. While they have managed for many years with only three cremation machines, they are now planning to purchase their sixth before the end of 2018.
The concept of burning is recognized to be an old technique but now it is executed with modern technology. It has also created another sector in the funeral industry with products such as cremation urns for babies and adults, keepsakes and other memorial items where the ashes can be kept and treasured.