Estate planning and cremation

When thinking about estate planning, many people’s minds immediately think about who will get what from their estates after they die. While this is one important aspect of estate planning, it can also be important for Floridians to give attention to what will happen to their bodies after they die.

According to U.S. Funerals Online, the number of people being cremated versus buried has increased tremendously in recent years. As of 2014, 45 percent of deceased persons were cremated. The shift away from traditional burials can be attributed to a number of factors, one of which being the sheer difference in cost between a burial and a cremation. The latter is dramatically less expensive.

The Huffington Post adds that societal changes have likely impacted the growing preference for cremation. In past times, most family members lived close to each other. This made it easy for people to convene quickly in one location for a funeral. It also facilitated gravesite visits and memorials. Today’s geographically dispersed lifestyle does not facilitate either of these things. By 2012, Florida was among the states with the highest rate of cremation nationwide in which at least 60 percent of decased people were cremated.

When developing estate plans, people can think about and outline their wishes for their funerals. If cremation is desired, a person may also determine what should or should not happen to the ashes. Scattering is popular but there may be the need for special permits or reporting of this based upon the location. Some people have even chosen to turn human ashes into special items like rings, artwork and more.

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