Back in 2002, less than 30 percent of people chose to be cremated at the time of their death. But as of 2017, that figure had ballooned to more than 50 percent with cremations in Edwardsburg, MI and other parts of the country officially becoming more popular than traditional burials. And the cremation rate is expected to continue to go up over the next 20 years before settling somewhere in the 70 to 80 percent range. It won’t be long before just about everyone is choosing cremations over burials.
Part of the reason for this is the cost associated with cremation. It’s typically much lower than the cost associated with a burial. But cost is far from the only reason why more people are choosing to be cremated than buried these days. Check out some of the other reasons for this trend below.
People know so much more about cremation today.
As recently as just 15 or 20 years ago, most people didn’t know all that much about cremation. There were so many myths out there about it, and people bought into them simply because they had never been taught about Edwardsburg, MI cremation services. But these days, it’s easy to find out as much information as you want about cremations right on the internet. It has brought a newfound awareness to cremation and increased its popularity in the process.
They’re not tied to being buried in their hometowns anymore.
Once upon a time, most people were born and raised in their hometowns and stayed there until the day they died. That’s not necessarily the case anymore. Americans have become a lot more transient and are now moving all around the country and the world at a rapid rate. As a result, they’re not tied to the idea of being buried in their hometowns. In fact, some people like the idea of being cremated so that they can continue to move around even in death.
They’ve seen the major religions come around to cremation.
About 50 years ago, most of the major religions were steadfastly against encouraging people to choose cremation. But that has all changed since then. While Islam and Judaism are still against cremation, Catholicism and many forms of Christianity are now on board with it. People are also a lot less religious than they used to be, which is yet another reason why cremation has taken such a strong hold of the country.
They don’t want to burden their families with funeral planning.
Planning a funeral isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. Most families struggle to do it because they’re dealing with so much grief at the time. With that in mind, many people are opting to take funeral planning off their families’ plates by pre-planning cremation services for themselves. This allows them to make life a little bit easier on their families later.
At Halbritter Wickens Funeral Services, we have seen the cremation rate rise in recent years, and we have expanded our cremation services to accommodate those who wish to be cremated. If you want to be cremated at the time of your death, our Edwardsburg, MI funeral home can make sure your final wishes are granted. Reach out to us at (269) 683-3000 or stop by and see us at 615 E Main St., Niles, MI 49120 for more information on our cremation services.