Why Are So Many People Choosing Cremation Today?
Published: July 18,
Why are so many people choosing cremation today, over traditional burial options? This answer is not a simple one, and certainly can’t be answered in one blog post, but I think we can deal with a few of the reasons.
According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) in 2016, the rate of cremation in the United States surpassed that of burial.
The National Funeral Directors Association statistics tell us that in the 2016 NFDA Cremation and Burial Report that the rate of cremation surpassed burial in 2015 by almost 3%.
So why are so many people choosing cremation in the United States today? Here are just a few.
1. Cremation has become a norm in our society, and that norm is becoming
2. People are more transient than they used to be many years ago. Years ago, people were born, raised, worked, and lived in a community their entire life. They made
3. Concerns about the environment. I have interviewed many cremation families that told me they choose cremation because they felt that burial in an embalmed body, in
4. Many people today feel that a body doesn’t have to be present to celebrate a life, and have a meaningful memorial. The way people view funerals today are changing. A funeral used to be a time of mourning, wearing dark clothes, listen to sad songs, etc. today many families are choosing to have a Celebration Of Life rather than a funeral. This celebration of life may be a reception with dinner, dancing, and sharing memories of the deceased. It may be held at a church in a more religious context. At any rate, many families today feel that the service will be more depressing with the body present. So they choose cremation and opt for a Celebration Of Life Ceremony instead.
5. Society is becoming more non-traditional. The way we traditionally remembered our loved ones
6. There are more options with cremation than burial. It’s true! Some families hold their own memorial services without the funeral homes involvement. The cremated remains can be scattered, buried, kept in an Urn at home, or placed in a columbarium. There are companies that offer the option of having cremated remains etched into
7. The Cost of Cremation. I saved this for
We hope this gives some insight into why so many people are choosing cremation today in the United States.