Why cremate versus traditional full body burial? The decision to cremate is an individual and personal decision. Ongoing research is done to try and understand the most common reasons people choose cremation.
- People are more likely to migrate to other locations than before. As families choose to move to other areas of the country, the priority of having a grave site to visit becomes less important.
- Cremation is more accepted by society. In 2000, approximately 26 percent of people were cremated in the United States, growing to over 45 percent by 2013.
- More people are making decisions they feel are good for the environment. Many want to leave land for other purposes and not dedicate it to cemeteries.
- Ties to tradition are becoming weaker. Nationally, fewer people are choosing traditional memorial services.
- Regional differences are diminishing. There is a national growing acceptance of cremation.
- Religious restrictions are diminishing. For example, the Catholic Church lifted its cremation ban in 1963.
- Greater flexibility in memorialization services. Options for cremation services are almost limitless.
- People are dying older and choosing cremation for themselves. It is no longer left to the family to decide.
Once you make the decision that cremation is the best option for you or your loved one, the Cremation Advisers at Best Cremation Care can help you make prearrangements so you are prepared at the appropriate time.
Information on cremation trends is provided by the non-profit Cremation Association of North America (CANA).