Cremation

There are various reasons why cremation has become common practice the world over; to begin with, it’s an answer to serious spacing problems that first became apparent at the end of the nineteenth century. Obviously, mankind wasn’t going to be able to continue burying their loved ones on spaces that were filling up at an alarming rate, so cremation was introduced to reduce the pressure on cemeteries. Since about 1940, the ritual has grown in popularity, due to the immense loss of life in both World Wars leading to a greater need for land. Not only does it ease the problem of the shrinking number of plots, but it’s also a cheaper option than a traditional ground burial, possibly one of the main reasons that cremation is favoured by around seventy percent of the UK population.
When cremation was first offered to families arranging funerals, it was thought to be a much more environmentally friendly solution to burial, and this may have been accurate in the first instance as the population was much smaller than it is now. However, recent studies have revealed flaws in current cremation practices that could all but negate the environmental argument. Pollutants that are released into the atmosphere after the cremation process are thought to be a real danger to the environment, and new filters on crematoriums have seen the prices swell considerably.
Environmental issues aside, there is still evidence to suggest that the majority of the population consider cremation their burial of choice, and there are about 250 council run establishments that offer their services, along with a large number of privately owned businesses.