Although burial has long been the standard American arrangement for disposition of the deceased, as of 2017 Americans are choosing cremation more than traditional burial, and that trend is increasing! Why is cremation becoming the preferred arrangement of so many? The answer lies in several economic, demographic, social, and religious factors.
Cost: The cost of cremation is one-third or less that of traditional burial. The simplicity of cremation, which does not require a casket, embalming, cemetery plot, and other additional expenses, makes it a very attractive option.
Mobile Population: Since modern Americans are now likely to relocate from their hometowns and family burial plots, they are less tied to a particular geographic cemetery location.
Religious Acceptance: For many religions, cremation is becoming more acceptable as an alternative to traditional burial. While some still prefer burial, faiths that once prohibited cremation no longer consider it unacceptable or a violation of beliefs.
Range of Options: Americans are living increasingly busy lives and families are often spread far and wide, making it difficult to plan and carry out a traditional funeral service within a few days after death. Cremation offers portability and greater flexibility in memorial services, which can be held at any time, even weeks or months later, at a location most meaningful and convenient to the family.
Environmental Impact: Cremation allows for a more environmentally friendly option than traditional burial, using fewer resources, such as land and burial items.