Cremation has been around for thousands of years but is known to have begun in the United States in 1876 when the first crematorium was built in Pennsylvania.  A second crematorium was built in 1884 and by 2009 there were over 2100 crematories.

Today, over 36% of deaths are choosing cremation over burials and that figure is projected to be over 50% in only a few years.  Not only are people being cremated but they also prefer this for their pets as well. 

There are many reasons that a person or a family member would choose cremation over traditional burial.  One of the primary reasons today is for savings.  The cost of a traditional burial funeral not including the cemetery cost was averaged to $10,000 and cemetery costs can be an additional $2000 to $3000.  A cremation with funeral services included can cost about one third of the traditional funeral. With all the savings that can be made through cremation services, many people are opting to purchase urns that are more meaningful, unique, and personalized.  There are many places that have urns for sale but none like at where a person may find one or have one actually made exactly to their specifications.  There are people who are opting to preselect their own urn instead of leaving the decision to the family.    Similarly, many people are purchasing urns for their pets so everyone can be together when the end comes. 

What is important is that the memory of the loved one is given a befitting memorial if cremation is used.  Hopefully, a custom wooden urn will be desired and they can be found at

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