People now want a simple, more personal send-off
As the world progresses, attitudes towards death and grieving are changing in the country. In the past, traditional funerals were often focused on mourning and grief, with a sombre atmosphere and religious rituals. Some people may feel that this is not a good fit for their loved one or for their own personal beliefs and values. Others may find the thought of a large gathering, with lots of people in attendance, to be overwhelming and stressful.
In recent years, people are starting to shift towards the idea of a more personal, intimate funeral that’s more in line with their beliefs and values. This can be especially true for people who have a small circle of family and friends, or who want to keep the focus of the funeral on the person who has passed away rather than on a larger social event.
Unattended cremations allow family and friends to celebrate in a more personal, private, and befitting way that is in line with the wishes and beliefs of the deceased. Instead of having the pressure of attending a funeral, loved ones can have a celebration of life in a more casual and personal setting and in their own time.
COVID-19 restrictions caused an increase in unattended cremations
At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, gatherings were limited and in some areas, prohibited. With traditional funeral service impossible during this time, many people turned to simpler alternatives that still allowed for a proper send-off but without the need to gather in close proximity.
Under these circumstances, it is not surprising that funeral directors reported a rise in inquiries about direct cremations during this period. In fact, since the pandemic restrictions lifted, the number of people opting for an unattended cremation has continued to increase, rising by 15% as of 2021.