According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), 65% of Americans reported that they were “definitely” or “very likely” to choose cremation when they felt ready to make plans.
June 19, 2017
Neptune Society always strives to inform families about their options for funeral services and the benefits of choosing cremation. But recently, Neptune Society created this infographic to show how much the cremation industry has changed in the past few years and what those changes mean for those planning a cremation for themselves or a loved one.
One of the biggest changes comes from data collected by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) which shows in 2017, the rate of cremation in America is projected to overtake the rate of burial, meaning that more people are choosing cremation as their final wish than are choosing burial. The data shows the doubling of the cremation rate in America over the past 15 years. This new preference in cremation is also projected to increase over the next few years, and by 2035, 71.1% of American funeral plans are projected to include cremation.
Even those who haven’t officially planned their funeral services are showing a preference for cremation. According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), 65% of Americans reported that they were “definitely” or “very likely” to choose cremation when they felt ready to make plans.
But why all the fuss about cremation now? Well, there appear to be a few key causes to this dramatic shift in how Americans are caring for their loved ones. Firstly, cremation services are far less expensive than burial services. Additionally, many religions have lifted bans on cremation in the past 40 years which allow families to choose cremation without sacrificing their faith.