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Maurice Gass
B: 1935-08-08
D: 2017-09-20
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Gass, Maurice
Michael Clapperton
B: 1956-10-23
D: 2017-09-19
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Clapperton, Michael
Stanley Gerber
B: 1926-08-14
D: 2017-09-12
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Gerber, Stanley
Alvin Burt
B: 1949-02-28
D: 2017-09-12
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Burt, Alvin
Vivian Bethell
B: 1915-10-17
D: 2017-09-12
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Bethell, Vivian
Howard Worley
B: 1923-05-27
D: 2017-09-10
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Worley, Howard
Robert Young
B: 1951-04-29
D: 2017-09-09
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Young, Robert
Keith Gwynn
B: 1925-12-02
D: 2017-09-09
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Gwynn, Keith
Donna Lantz
B: 1955-02-21
D: 2017-09-08
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Lantz, Donna
Clifford Sexton
B: 1927-07-20
D: 2017-09-03
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Sexton, Clifford
Eva Russell
B: 1920-03-09
D: 2017-08-29
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Russell, Eva
Kenneth Kidd
B: 1924-04-10
D: 2017-08-25
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Kidd, Kenneth
Frederick Heider
B: 1941-12-24
D: 2017-08-21
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Heider, Frederick
Irvin Phifer
B: 1933-04-12
D: 2017-08-20
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Phifer, Irvin
Humberto Zapata
B: 1960-10-17
D: 2017-08-20
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Zapata, Humberto
George Cooper
B: 1920-03-05
D: 2017-08-15
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Cooper, George
Shirley Thomas
B: 1938-12-10
D: 2017-08-04
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Thomas, Shirley
Myrna Wagner
B: 1946-04-18
D: 2017-07-30
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Wagner, Myrna
Nonalea Watson
B: 1944-03-03
D: 2017-07-30
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Watson, Nonalea
Jesse Gonzalez
B: 1956-01-21
D: 2017-07-29
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Gonzalez, Jesse
Aldine Gehring
B: 1920-07-18
D: 2017-07-26
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Gehring, Aldine

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Why Choose Cremation

Everyone has their own personal reasons for choosing cremation over traditional casketed burial.

Cremation Costs are Only One Reason

Given the religious, ethnic, and regional diversity among us, there are many other reasons for the dramatic rise in the number of cremations performed each year. According to Tyler Mathisen of NBC, one of those reasons "is the softening of the Catholic church's views of the practice. For centuries – until 1963, in fact – the church outlawed it. The church's laws still express a preference for burial. But the outright ban is a thing of the past."  

He goes on to tell readers that the decline in nuclear families is another reason. "As more Americans live far from hometowns and parents, and as family burial plots have waned in popularity and accessibility, millions have turned to cremation as a practical and cost-effective way to care for a loved one's remains."

Cremation also allows a family the flexibility they may need in planning and preparing for a memorial service, celebration-of-life, or a scattering ceremony. While the cremation process can occur almost immediately (once all the proper paperwork is complete), the decisions required in planning a meaningful memorial for a loved one can be made in a relaxed, rational way.

You can also be sure that concern for the environment ranks high among many who choose cremation. Casketed and embalmed remains take up cemetery space and can pollute the ground water but many still question the amount of atmospheric pollution created by the cremation process.

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We want you to know that no matter your reasons for choosing cremation, we're here to help you explore your options. When you're ready, call us at (503) 585-1373 to set an appointment or simply drop by our office. You can also send us an email via our online contact us form.

Online Sources:

Mathisen, Tyler, "Cremation is the Hottest Trend in the Funeral Industry".

 

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