According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the rate of cremation in America was at 50.3% in 2016. The rise in popularity of cremation started in the late 1990's and has been increasing substantially every year. Let's look at why people are choosing cremation funerals more and more.
1. Cremation is Much Cheaper Than Burial Funeral
The average price for a cremation funeral is $3,100 and the average cost of a burial funeral is $7,200 for Americans in 2016. When you break down what each funeral types requires you find...
Burial dispositions require:
- transportation fees for the casket
- grave lot
- grave digging fee
- mortician services
- opening and closing of the grave fee
- additional memorial services such as an open viewing.
Cremation dispositions require:
- cremation of the body
- cremation urn
- memorial services
It is fairly obvious that if you are trying to save money, then you will want to choose a cremation funeral. Cremations can offer exactly what burials offer in terms of memorial services (reception, ash scattering ceremony, etc.) at a fraction of the cost.
2. Less Planning
The process of a cremation funeral is much simpler than a traditional burial funeral. With a cremation funeral, the process is more straightforward and requires fewer decisions be made. When you plan a burial funeral you need to plan the logistics for transportation of the body, arrange mortician services, and transportation of the casket. With a cremation funeral, once the cremation has been arranged, it becomes very easy to transport the ashes in an urn to the memorial service. The added simplicity of cremation funerals allows the bereaved family more time to grieve, and emotionally support each other.
3. Transportation & Convenience
Not only is cremation gaining in popularity, but also people choosing to have the funeral in their own home is also an increasing trend. The convenience of only having to deal with a cremation urn instead of a casket allows for a private viewing at a home of the bereaved’s family or friends. With a burial funeral, the transportation of any dead body must legally be overseen by a licensed funeral director in certain states. Also, a large casket will require professional transportation services, unless the person died on the same site as where the funeral service will be held.
Burial funeral services, such as the viewing and reception almost exclusively take place at religious institutions or funeral homes because of the difficulty involved in transporting a casket and body. The portability of a cremation urn allows for the family to have easier access to more private style funerals services which can save you a lot of money.
Cremation urns come in so many different styles, shapes, and colors. You can get them embellished with beautiful patterns or inlaid with bands that wrap around the urn stylishly. The color customization is incredible, with neutral colored urns or vibrantly colored urns, there is normally something available for every preference.
5. Environmental Impact is Less
The process of manufacturing a casket, as well as all the resources used is very substantial compared to the resources required to create an urn. Furthermore, the carbon dioxide emissions from transportation of a casket is quite a lot. Environmental Impact of Burials goes into much more detail about the negative impact burial funerals have on our environment. Sustainability is important and with a growing population, it becomes even more important that we consider an environmentally friendly disposition method.