Making plans for your own funeral will bring about questions regarding a lot of things that you may never have given thought to before, and whether or not you wish to be cremated is one of them. Before you set down with a funeral director and start going over what your final wishes are, it is a good idea to get prepared to answer this question about cremation in advance. Here are some facts and statistics about cremation that will be helpful for you to know while you are trying to make your own decision about whether or not cremation is the right choice for you.
Cremation is expected to become more popular than traditional burial in the future.
Never choose a traditional burial solely because you believe this is the most normal thing to do because, in actuality, traditional burial is no longer the go-to choice like it once was. Cremation is becoming just as popular as regular burial in most places and in some states, such as Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, cremation is the most popular choice already. In fact, it is fully expected that by the year 2018, at least 50.6 percent of people will go with cremation, which is slightly more than half of all individuals.
Just going with cremation over burial could save you thousands of dollars.
One of the biggest factors in choosing specific arrangements for many funeral pre-planners is cost. If you go with cremation over a traditional burial, you could easily save thousands of dollars. If you have a traditional funeral and burial, you should expect to pay at least $8,508, which was the national average in 2014. With the average cost of only a basic, direct cremation being only around $1,100, the difference between this and the cost of a full funeral and burial is substantial. The cost difference comes from the elimination of things like a casket, burial plot, and headstone.
Most religions are currently accepting of cremation.
Even though in the past cremation was frowned upon by some religions, it is more widely accepted now than ever before. For example, the Catholic Church firmly instructed members against cremation prior to 1963, placing a ban prohibiting the act, but today, cremation is an acceptable option in Catholicism. Therefore, your religious reasons for not choosing cremation may not be a big deal if this is something you truly want to do.
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