Cremation, the reduction of dead bodies to ashes, has gained popularity throughout the world. According to the Cremation Association of North America, 44.42% of people opt for cremation over traditional burial. It is forecasted that cremation will overtake burial by 2025, with an estimated 55.65% of people being cremated.
There are a number of reasons why cremation is chosen over regular burial—cost, portability of ashes, and other options. There are a number of different things you can do after your loved one has been cremated.
Holding a memorial service in the days, weeks or even months following the death of a loved one provides an alternative to a traditional funeral. Although memorial services don't have to stick to a formal structure, a common element of this event is the memorial table -- a decorated table that essentially tells the life story of the person who has passed away. Photos are a key element of any memorial table, but shouldn't be the only tools you use to tell the story.