The Cremation Association of North America supports its members in providing the best service to those seeking cremation as a deathcare alternative. CANA does not promote cremation, but instead works to ensure that those who choose cremation are treated respectfully under industry standards of practice and guidelines.
In suffering the loss of a loved one, traditional rites of passage and memorialization can be beneficial in helping individuals deal with the loss. When the practice of cremation is accomplished with human dignity and recognition, it will:
Cremation is not final disposition. It is preparation for memorialization. Cremation can offer a way to memorialize a loved one in a context that is meaningful to the loved one and to the survivors.
Many people choose cremation for environmental considerations, to manage the expenses associated with death, or to allow for memorialization in ways not available with traditional burial. Cremation, even where remains are honored in a columbarium or urn garden, is much less land intensive and the long term care of the area is also lesser cost. The cost for cremation, with full funeral and memorial services, can be half or less than what a traditional funeral may cost. And, subject to applicable laws and with proper approvals, cremation can provide families with a way to honor the decedent by scattering of ashes at sea, in a memorial reef or at a favorite location