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George S. Hassler Funeral Home

980 Bennetts Mills Road
PO Box 1326
Jackson Twp., NJ, 08527
Proud to be family owned and operated since 1978

George S. Hassler
Owner & Director
NJ Lic. No. 3193

Brian T. Hassler
Manager
NJ Lic. No. 4054

Gary T. Bowcock
Director
NJ Lic. No. 3385

Benefits of Cremation

Cremation has been a part of the human experience for a very long time, and is the preferred method of caring for a loved one in many parts of the world.

While we could recite statistics on the rising popularity of cremation in North America and other nations, they really won’t mean very much to you. After all, who picks cremation just because everyone else is doing so?

People choose cremation because they believe it to be the right choice for them. It’s as deeply personal of a decision as that of selecting burial. The decision could be based on:

  • Financial Challenges. Money should never be a deciding factor when choosing how you wish to honor a loved one. With that being said, many people are pleased to learn that cremation services typically cost much less than a traditional burial. Because there is no need to purchase items like a casket, vault, or grave marker – families can use these savings for something else like a celebration of life or memorial service.
     
  • The Desire for Simplicity. One of the biggest benefits of cremation is the convenience and simplicity of the practice. If you wish to bury a loved one, relatives must quickly gather for a funeral service before the remains can be buried. This can be difficult, especially if they are spread out and need to travel. If you choose cremation, the remains can be cared for immediately, giving you more time to plan a service to honor them afterwards.
     
  • The Need for Flexibility. Many families will plan a celebration of life or memorial service after their loved one has been cremated. Cremation provides flexibility and makes it easier to plan a service at a time that is convenient for everyone to attend. It’s actually quite common for families to hold a celebration of life weeks or sometimes months after the death has occurred. This eliminates any financial or time constraints that can force loved ones to miss a funeral if they have no advanced notice.
     
  • The Intention to More Fully Honor a Loved One. If you want to honor your loved one with a meaningful service that reflects their life, cremation might be the right choice. Because you can plan the service for a later date, more people can get involved and create a plan to make the service one of a kind. This is another popular reason why people choose cremation. The added time to plan means you can take longer to gather meaningful scriptural passages, poetry, literary quotes, music, photos and videos. 
  • Cemetery Availability. Another reason why people choose cremation is cemetery availability and the cost of a burial plot. Burials have been the traditional way to care for a loved one for many years. As a result, some cemeteries are nearing capacity and charging a premium rate for their remaining plots. This added expense can take a larger chunk of your budget than what was expected and drastically increase the total cost to honor your loved one.
  • Environmentally Friendly. Environmental concerns and ensuring minimal damage is done to the Earth is another reason to choose cremation. When a loved one is buried, they are often embalmed with chemicals so they can have an open casket at the wake and funeral. When they are buried, the casket is placed into a large cement burial vault as well. By comparison, cremation has much less of an impact on the environment because there is no need to embalm the body or bury a large piece of cement in the Earth.

If any of those reasons ring true for you and your family, then cremation may be the perfect alternative for your loved one.

Decisions You Must Make When Choosing Cremation

  • Who will perform the cremation?
  • Should you purchase an urn?
  • What kind of remembrance ceremony would you like to have?
  • What will you do with the cremated remains?

You may wish to keep the remains at your home for a time, until you feel ready to let go of them, or when all family members can be present for a scattering ceremony.

Our professional Funeral Directors can advise you on unique ways to memorialize a loved one using the cremated remains, including the creation of art glass objects. We also offer a wide selection of cremation keepsake jewelry.

We can also recommend firms in the area that specialize in scattering the cremated remains at sea, or in the air.

Call us today to explore cremation options, and the many creative ways you can memorialize a loved one either before, or after, the cremation has occurred

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Proud to be family owned and operated since 1978
Proudly Serving the Communities of Jackson Twp., Howell Twp., Lakewood Twp., Freehold, Freehold Twp., Toms River Twp., Plumsted Twp., Manchester Twp., Lakehurst, Brick Twp., Whiting, Millstone Twp., Farmingdale, New Egypt, Cream Ridge, and the entire Ocean and Monmouth County communities
732-364-6808 George S. Hassler Funeral Home | 980 Bennetts Mills Road | Jackson Twp., NJ 08527 | Fax: 732-364-8592