According to a recent Time Magazine article, it is expected that by 2017, 50 percent of Americans will choose cremation over a traditional burial. As some people may choose to have their ashes scattered, made into memorial diamonds, or packed into fireworks, some relatives prefer to keep the remains in an urn. A Time Magazine article titled, “Cremation is on the Rise, but Where to Put the Ashes?” explains how scattering your loved one’s ashes can pose a legal challenge with federal rules and regulations.
“We've had cremation gardens since the late 1990s,” said property manager Michelle Macik. “But with a trend of more families choosing cremation, we decided to renovate and invest in giving families an option for a safe resting place for their loved one.”
Cedar Hill Memorial invested about $50,000 to renovate the cremation gardens. The urn can be placed in personalized areas such as the lawn, boulders, or Cedar Hill Memorial’s new granite niches. By choosing a cremation garden, family and friends are able to pay their respects and honor their memory by visiting the garden at any time. The remains are kept safe so loved ones can stop fretting over the safety of the urn.
Cedar Hill Memorial Park hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to rededicate the Cremation Garden and give families of the Lehigh Valley an affordable and alternative option in after care planning. Families can also visit www.burialplanning.com for more options in planning for the inevitable.