History books can trace the practice of cremation dating back further then 3000 BC. Over time, people began to choose the traditional ground burial over cremation, but today, the number of people choosing local cremation services over the traditional burial is on the rise. People are finding that local cremation services offers them a more affordable burial verses the traditional ground burial. Often times, cremation is chosen for religious reasons, while others find more helpful with closure. Cremation often gives family members a better alternative when it comes to having their loved one remembered and honor with dignity in certain cases. When a person or pet has deceased, and the cremation burial has been chosen, they are transported to the crematory, or pet crematory where the remains can be cremated. In each case, a crematory urn, or memorial pet urn, needs to be chosen for the cremains, otherwise the ashes will be placed into an temporary container until an urn for ashes is chosen. Once the cremation process is complete, the local cremation service, crematory, or pet crematory will contact you for the delivery information for the cemetery, funeral home, pet cemetery, or personal pick up of the cremains. Comparing the costs of local cremation services for humans, to the traditional burial, the average savings is $400 to $1,000 dollars, depending on the cemetery location. This cost does not include any services held by the funeral home, crematory fee, or the cost of the crematory urn. These figures are only the average cost cemetery fees of opening and closing the niche or individual grave site.