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For centuries, cremation has been a common method of disposition in many different countries and cultures around the world. In fact, according to Wikipedia (2018), cremation could date back as far as 20,000 years ago. In Europe and other parts of the world, there is evidence of cremation occurring around 2000 B.C. Many scholars believe that this is when it became a common practice for many cultures throughout Europe.
Over time, the popularity of cremation began to fade. By the Middle Ages, cremation was mostly used as a form of punishment and not as a way to respectfully care for the deceased. Cremation began regaining popularity around the late 1800’s. According to the Cremation Association of North America (2018), the first crematory was built in the United States in 1876. By 1913, there were 52 crematories across North America and more than 10,000 cremations occurring annually. While burial was still the primary way for families to care for their loved one’s remains, cremation rates continued to rise.
As stated above, cremation has been around for a very long time. Here are some other interesting cremation facts:
Today, cremation is practiced in at least 31 countries around the world, with rates ranging from less than 2 percent in Ghana to more than three-quarters of the deaths in Switzerland. Cremation rates in the United States approach 80% in some areas.
We know these facts regarding the history and origin of cremation are interesting, however, if you're still unsure if cremation is right for you and your family we invite you to contact us. A conversation with a Simplicity Cremation & Funeral Services professional will help you truly understand if cremation is the right option for you and your loved one. So call us at (410) 777-5295, we’re here to give you all the information required to successfully make your cremation decision.
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