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According to a report from the National Funeral Directors Association, about 50.2% of Americans today chose cremation as a means to dispose of a deceased’s body after death. Due to technological advancements, this practice, which previously ended in scattering the ashes or storing them in an urn at home, has now given birth to a chain of other related remembrance options such as cremation diamonds.
Cremation as a Growing Burial Option in the USA and Canada
Cremation refers to the combustion, vaporization, and oxidation of cadavers to basic chemical compounds, such as gases, ashes and mineral fragments retaining the appearance of dry bone.
Cremation options offered in the USA and Canada include; traditional cremation, where a funeral service is held before cremating the deceased, a memorial gathering where the urn is put on display at a funeral service after cremation and direct cremation, where the body is cremated immediately after death, without a funeral service.
30% of the funeral homes in the USA and Canada have their own crematoria and 9.4% intend to open one in the next 5 years. This is because most people in the USA have resorted to cremation as a solution to the crowded burial plots in cemeteries and the exorbitant fees charged by the few that are available.
A case in point, San Isidro cemetery in Mexico City, borough of Azcapotzalco, reached full capacity in 2014 and the bereaved had to exhume their deceased to create space for the newly dead. In addition, the average funeral in the USA costs between $7,000 and $10,000.
Cremation costs vary significantly as some states are generally more expensive than others mainly due to higher energy costs, less competitive cremation markets and a lower cremation rate. The average price of a direct cremation in the USA varies between $495 and $1,500
The growth of cremation as a burial option is largely due to convenience and affordability.
Cremation Diamonds: More meaningful, More Affordable
Cremation diamonds are a unique burial option. This is due to the fact that they are created from the cremated ashes of a departed loved one which is a very personal way to turn death into something beautiful.
Cremation diamonds are an eternal tribute. Diamonds are considered by many as a symbol of eternal love which makes the process of turning a departed loved one’s ashes into a beautiful cremation diamond, a means of eternalizing their legacy such that their memory lives on through the gem.
During Cremation diamond creation, Swiss cremation diamonds specialist LONITÉ with an existing branch office in the border city with Canada of Buffalo, New York State in the USA analyzes the cremated hair or ashes to determine whether they contain enough carbon to create diamonds from ashes, about 8oz of ashes or 0.4oz of hair is required. The carbon content of ashes differs from case to case and the total contained carbon may or may not be enough for the diamonds from ashes creation process. The ashes are then placed in a specialized crucible and the crucible is then heated to over 5000F to make sure every element except carbon oxidizes and then temperature is raised further so that carbon can become graphite.
The graphite with a metal catalyst and a diamond seed crystal are placed into the core. The core goes into a specialized diamond press capable of creating extreme tension which then starts working thus bringing the pressure to about 800,000 pounds/square inches. The process of creating diamonds from ashes takes between 6 to 9 months in average. During the last stretch when the press is working, the temperature in the room stays about 2500F so that the cremation diamonds from ashes become solid. This process results in rough crystals that are cut and polished into diamonds from ashes. The color of the finished diamonds from ashes ranges from white to dark blue, depending on the boron content of the ashes of the deceased.
Cremation diamonds in the USA cost between $1,700 and $17,000.
Are Cremation Diamonds a Solution to Cemetery Burial Environmental Issues?
Some of the existing cemetery burial environment issues include;
Cemetery congestion: There are approximately 2.4 million deaths in USA annually which doesn’t leave enough space for each and every single one of these deceased to be buried. Cemetery operators have had to squeeze coffins into every barren inch, narrow paths and stack coffins nine-deep. Washington Cemetery is one of the cemeteries that ran out of land in 2010 after tearing up roads and pathways to utilize every inch of ground.
Environmental degradation: A cemetery burial releases 10% more carbon than what is needed for cremation diamond creation which in the long run contributes to global warming Cemetery burials also pollute the underground with embalming fluids (enough are released annually to full 8 Olympic size pools), the coffin and tomb maintenance altogether. Cremation diamonds are an ecologically safer post burial alternative that contributes to a greener afterlife.
The funeral industry in the USA has continued to evolve towards more personalized and uniquely customized approaches to burial including a string of post cremation services. What makes cremation diamonds stand out is the fact that they are a forever tribute that is ecologically safer for the environment.