Traditional Burial vs. Cremation: Which is Right for Your Family?

Cremation is one of the most common and accepted burial practices in the world. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the projected cremation rate is on the rise for the coming years, with 55.8% of Americans expected to choose cremation in 2020 and 70.6% in 2030. That isn’t to say that traditional burials do not have their own benefits. Traditional burials and cremations both have their advantages and disadvantages, and the explanation below will hopefully help you decide what is best for your loved one.

Traditional Burials and Cremation

When deciding between a traditional burial and cremation, one of the major deciding factors is the monetary costs. Cremation has the tendency to be significantly less expensive than traditional burials due to the fact that it doesn’t require embalming or a permanent casket. However, some prefer traditional burials since they prefer the natural decomposition as opposed to a fast process of cremation. Another factor to consider is the difference of the memorial process between the two. Ultimately, it is up to you and your family to decide what is best when honoring your loved one.

If you would like to learn more about the types of burial services we offer or if you have any additional questions, please contact Louis Cicalese, Cemetery President and Trustee today.

Louis Cicalese, cemetery trustee in New Jersey is president of the board of the historic Harleigh Cemetery and serves as an advisor to a number of non-profit cemetery organizations in New Jersey.

Mausoleums: What You Should Know

Mausoleums have stood the test of time when it comes to burial traditions. Although there are many different types of buildings that are considered mausoleums, they do not always look the same, but their purpose remains the same. Their purpose is to memorialize and shelter the remains of a deceased person.

Advantages of a Mausoleum

When comparing mausoleums to in-ground burials, mausoleums have a few advantages over the traditional in-ground burial. One advantage is that the caskets remain dryer in mausoleums than in in-ground burials. Another advantage is that mausoleums take up significantly less land space than that of in-ground burials, which helps to conserve natural resources. Mausoleums give you the ability to visit your loved one no matter the weather conditions and some even have music to create a comforting atmosphere. Lastly, mausoleums can be a simpler and less-expensive alternative to an in-ground burial.

If you would like to learn more about mausoleums or if you have any additional questions, please contact Louis Cicalese, Cemetery President and Trustee today.

Louis Cicalese, cemetery trustee in New Jersey is president of the board of the historic Harleigh Cemetery and serves as an advisor to a number of non-profit cemetery organizations in New Jersey.

How to Conquer Funeral Anxiety in Three Ways

Anxiety is one of the many common emotions that stem from grief. If your funeral anxiety is holding you back from honoring the life of a loved one who has passed, here are three methods that can calm your anxiety and help you face your fear.

Express Your Feelings and Emotions

Saying your feelings and emotions out loud can make you feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. You may find that opening up to a close friend or family member can help calm your nerves.

Know that It Is Okay to Show Emotion

You shouldn’t feel like you have to hold back sadness, confusion, or anger at a funeral. Now is the time to show your grief and be surrounded by those who can comfort you.

Show Yourself Some Kindness

Practicing mindfulness can help calm your anxiety. You can also try relaxation methods such as taking a hot bath with lavender oil.

Louis Cicalese, cemetery trustee in New Jersey is president of the board of the historic Harleigh Cemetery and serves as an advisor to a number of non-profit cemetery organizations in New Jersey.

Source: Funeral Guide

Funeral and Burial Traditions from Around the World

When it comes to honoring the dead, this tradition varies dramatically from one culture to the next. Here’s some of the more interesting burial traditions from a few different places around the world.

The Philippines & China

These countries practice a burial tradition known as hanging coffins, which is where they place their loved ones in coffins and hang them from a mountainside. They believe that the closer their loved one was to the sky, the closer they were to heaven.

South Korea

South Korea uses burial beads to honor the dead mostly because they have limited burial space. Their loved one’s ashes are pressed into jewel-like beads and placed in a bottle or urn.

New Orleans, Louisiana

In New Orleans, a jazz procession leads the deceased from the funeral home to burial ground with somber music, but once the burial is done, the music turns happy and lively and they have a party to honor the life of the one who passed away.

Louis Cicalese, cemetery trustee in New Jersey is president of the board of the historic Harleigh Cemetery and serves as an advisor to a number of non-profit cemetery organizations in New Jersey.

Source: Everplans

Important Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cemetery

When it is time to choose a cemetery to bury a loved one, or you are in the planning stages for yourself, the process can feel very overwhelming. There is a lot to consider and each decision is an important one. Below are a few different factors to consider when choosing the best cemetery for yourself or a loved one.

Location

Often, people prefer to be buried in close proximity to their hometown and their loved ones. Visiting the cemetery to observe the grounds is a great starting place if you have a few cemeteries in mind.

Type of Cemetery

There are four different types of cemeteries; public, religious, district or municipal, and national or veteran cemeteries.

  • A public cemetery is the most common and is independently or corporately owned.
  • Religious cemeteries are often non-profit and owned by religious organizations.
  • District or municipal cemeteries are owned by the city or county.
  • National or veteran cemeteries are government owned and cater to specific groups, like veterans.

Louis Cicalese, cemetery trustee in New Jersey is president of the board of the historic Harleigh Cemetery and serves as an advisor to a number of non-profit cemetery organizations in New Jersey.

The Benefits of a Green Burial

Environmental consciousness is becoming more prevalent and with that, people are considering alternative burial options like green burials. A green burial is an environmentally friendly way to lay someone to rest. No harsh chemicals, embalming fluids or concrete burial vaults are used.

The Benefits

There are many benefits to choosing a green burial for yourself or a loved one. The most obvious being that a biodegradable coffin is used that completely disintegrates and has no negative effects on the land surrounding the burial. Below are a handful of other benefits to consider:

  • Affordable
  • Preserves Natural Resources
  • Simple
  • Removes use of harmful chemicals

Louis Cicalese, cemetery trustee in New Jersey is president of the board of the historic Harleigh Cemetery and serves as an advisor to a number of non-profit cemetery organizations in New Jersey.

Cremations: The Facts and History

Where It All Started

Cremations are estimated to have begun around 3000 B.C. and were introduced to Westerners by the Greeks. Cremation was seen as an honorable way to go in ancient times and after that, the popularity of this process went through ups and downs due to bans and religious beliefs.

Where It Is Now

Cremations are a popular choice upon death in the present day and their popularity continues to rise. This rise in popularity can be attributed to rising costs of other burial methods, the ability to have multiple resting locations, and it takes up less ground space than traditional burial methods. Cremations give your loved one the ability to have a unique resting place such as being planted as a tree, made into a diamond, or worn as a necklace or keychain. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide how to honor your loved one and choose the burial method that best suits your family’s needs.

Louis Cicalese, cemetery trustee in New Jersey is president of the board of the historic Harleigh Cemetery and serves as an advisor to a number of non-profit cemetery organizations in New Jersey.

What is the Difference Between Mausoleums and In-Ground Burials?

When a loved one passes away, we’re forced to make difficult decisions about their final resting place, especially when the death is sudden. Often, families are given the choice between a mausoleum and an in-ground burial.

In-Ground Burials

When you choose an in-ground burial, you will need to purchase the gravestone, burial vault, cement foundation, casket and plot of land. Each of these items can be expensive, though in-ground burials are common among married couples.

Mausoleums

This final resting option is often less expensive overall. It consists of a simple plot within a structure at the cemetery.

Ultimately, you have to make a decision about what is right for the recently deceased and your family. Both options are available to those who choose to be cremated.

Louis Cicalese, cemetery trustee in New Jersey is president of the board of the historic Harleigh Cemetery and serves as an advisor to a number of non-profit cemetery organizations in New Jersey.

Funeral Services

Louis Cicalese, president and trustee of cemeteries in New Jersey, knows how stressful and difficult funeral planning is for a family. His goal is to educate and guide these families in a compassionate and kindhearted way.

We have multiple locations that can accommodate any number of ceremonies depending on your loved one’s wishes. For example, our Camden County location is primarily focused on services for our brave veterans. If you are environmentally-conscious, our Fountain Lawn Memorial Park location offers green burial services. These are just two examples of the special and unique services we provide for our community. Please contact us if you would like more information on the services we provide.

We will give guidance to families and provide the burial, mausoleum, cremation, and memorial options they need and can afford. By doing this, only then are we truly serving.

“By Serving, We Will Be Served”

Why You Should Consider a Burial Vault

A burial vault is used to protect the casket when it is buried in the ground. It’s not required when burying the deceased, but it is recommended as it protects the casket from the heavy machinery and the ground above the casket.

Benefits of a Burial Vault

As you know, a casket remains in the ground eternally once buried. As time progresses, it’s possible that the casket may buckle from the weight of the dirt above it. Burial vaults can prevent this from happening by acting as a strong encasement that protects the casket.

Burial vaults can be made from wood, metal, brick, concrete or fiberglass. They were used in the 19th century to prevent grave theft and are used today to help preserve the ground at the gravesite.

Louis Cicalese, cemetery trustee in New Jersey is president of the board of the historic Harleigh Cemetery and serves as an advisor to a number of non-profit cemetery organizations in New Jersey.

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