It is projected that by the year 2035, approximately eighty percent of Americans will choose Cremation over cemetery burial, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.
People choose Cremation over burial for different reasons, depending on their circumstances.
These are the three main ones:
1. Funerals and ground burials are expensive
Across the USA, price ranges vary, but the average amount American families spend on a ground burial is around eight thousand dollars. Variations exist. For example, in Mississippi ground burial funerals are about $6,700, while in Hawaii, it’s a little under $15,000.
When comparing burial with direct Cremation, the average costs are between $1,000 to $2,000. In this case, the funeral director and crematory do not provide services beyond the actual Cremation of the body.
If you have a funeral with cremation, the median cost is just over $6,000, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. This is most certainly a savings, but not the considerable amount claimed by many.
2. Environmental costs
Environmental concerns are the second reason for the shift in Cremation. In a conventional ground burial, the interment consists of the body being placed in a casket, and the coffin is then entombed or buried.
Concerns have been raised, from issues concerning the use of land to how the body was prepared and stored for burial. Formaldehyde is usually used to prepare the deceased’s body, then placed in a casket usually made of steel or hardwood, then lowered into a grave vault lined with concrete or steel.
About 1.5 million people in the USA are buried, meaning thousands of tons of bronze, steel, and copper are being used. Also, over 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid are used, and millions of feet of wood are used. At the same time, the lawn on the grounds of the cemetery is kept green with the use of pesticides.
The Cremation Association of North America in 2008 stated that about thirteen percent of people chose Cremation due to concerns regarding the land and scarcity of land. Cremation internments take up much less space than ground burials.
Some people are choosing a “green” burial. Defined by the Green Burial Council: “Green burial is a way of caring for the dead with the minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and preservation of habitat.”
3. Fewer Americans belong to a church
A third reason leading people away from cemeteries is that more people do not belong to any religious institution.
In 2021, only about forty-seven percent of Americans belonged to a religious institution. This compared to 1999 when over seventy percent of adults stated they belonged to a church, synagogue, or mosque.
Is Cremation here to stay?
Today, most Americans are comfortable with Cremation. Things they like include options of mourning publicly by preparing roadside shrines, getting memorial tattoos, and many other memorials that have become widespread. People also like that they have choices on where or how to inter the remains of their loved one, whether in a cemetery, keeping the remains at home, or scattering the ashes in parks, the ocean, or a stream.
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