Cremation Rates In The US On The Rise

National reports and local funeral directors across the US are saying that more and more families are opting to cremate their duly departed, and the numbers are set to grow, which means that cremation urns will be on demand. According to a report by National Funeral Directors Association, based in Washington, DC, that’s exactly the case.

The report, the 2018 Cremation and Burial Report, says that the national cremation rate in the US is going up, with forecasts predicting that it’ll go up by 33% within the next 2 decades, noting that the 2018 cremation rate sat at 53.5%, while the burial rate sat at 40.5%. The expected growth is expected to bring the US’s cremation rate to close to 80% by 2035.

Funeral directors across the US took note of the shift, like Kacey Neinstedt, from Hartford’s Shimon Funeral Home, who says that the staff has seen more people coming with cremation urns and cremations for the duly departed within the last half-decade. She says that popularity has definitely been on the rise, with Shimon having about an even split between cremations and burials, and she expects that it’ll continue to go up as time passes.

Funeral Director Michael Palmisano, CesarzCharapata&Zennicker Funeral Home, says that there’s also cost to consider. Cremation is a bit more cost effective than a traditional burial, and that not having a cemetery property can be a very pricey problem.

On top of that, he says that there’s also the options that cremation offers. With a burial, he explains, someone can only get buried in a cemetery. With cremation, it’s not just cremation urns, as the duly departed can opt to get blasted into space, set down into a coral reef, or the more traditional ‘spreading of the ashes’ bit.

Cremation is on the rise across the US, but the NFDA report noted that the Southern states still opt for burials, while the northern states are set to go past 50% cremation rate before 2035 event hits, with Wisconsin one of the 12 states expected to have a cremation rate sitting over 80% by 2030.