It seems cremation is taking over burial and is proving to be higher in demand among families in Europe. Even though burial is an established practice that dates as far back as thousands of years ago, cremation is quickly becoming a popular choice.
The National Funeral Directors Association reports that cremation rates in the United States almost exceed burial rates and are projected to rise in 20 years. At year’s end, they predict cremation rate to be at 48.2% and burial rate to be at 45.8%. By 2030, NFDA predicts that cremation rate will be at 70.6%.
Honoring the dead is part of every race’s tradition, and people are slowly taking steps in giving it a new face. Funeral homes report a curious surge in cremation requests from families in letting go of their departed loved ones.
In the United Kingdom, cremation rates have surpassed traditional burial rates and funeral directors are only expecting this trend to continue. In Southeastern New England, funeral homes claim that 60% choose cremation, while in the Cape, the cremation rate is an estimated 70% and higher.
Economic and Demographic Factors
In a world where economic recessions are commonplace and people’s living depends on their jobs in the city, proclivity to tradition would naturally begin to dwindle. Funerals are expensive (the average cost for an adult casket funeral is $7,045) and require more time and attention.
In addition, with the overcrowding in many cities and newfound predisposition to new opportunities outside of the state or country, modern families have learned to migrate. This forces them to leave their old homes behind and living far apart from cousins and relatives.
In the unfortunate event of a loved one’s death, most people would start turning to more practical alternatives that do not require them to pay large sums of money or hold them down to one residential location. Hence, they turn to cremation.
In lieu of a burial, it allows families to be closer to their loved ones, should they choose to keep the urn in their homes and up on their shelves.
Due to the demand of modern needs, it’s logical that people would lose connection with tradition. As life continues to evolve, changes won’t just impact the living, but also – the dead.