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Florida, St. Petersburg Lead National Cremation Trend
Date:3/24/2010

t in cremation, a number that is expected to rise to 57 percent by 2025, according to the Cremation Association of North America.

Why the increased interest in cremation? Several reasons, experts say:
   

 
  • Convenience. Cremation allows families to schedule a memorial service at a convenient time and location – for example, "when everyone is together for the holidays, or on a special day such as a birthday or anniversary," says Bill McQueen, president of Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers in St. Petersburg and president of the Cremation Association of North America.

In today's mobile society there may be few ties to a home town or a traditional family burial plot, and with families widely dispersed, there may be no one left to tend a grave. In a popular retirement area like the West Coast of Florida, McQueen said, "people lived most of their working life somewhere else. When they die, they want to have an event to celebrate the life, but the significance of burying the body in a certain place isn't a paramount part of the decision any more."

 
  • Creativity. Cremation and placement in an urn allows families "to memorialize the individual in a lot more unique ways, such as the City Peace Garden," an architecturally significant historic landmark, McQueen sai
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