Cremation in North America has been on the rise over the past couple of decades, and the numbers continue to grow across the country to match or exceed the number of burials. In fact, cremation is expected to overtake traditional burial in a number of states over the next few years. What accounts for this seemingly sudden revival of an ancient practice? Here are five major reasons for choosing cremation, outlined by the Cremation Association of North America (CANA).
1. Wider Acceptance – Though it has remained popular in Eastern countries, cremation was once taboo in the West. Nowadays, more people from various religious backgrounds accept the practice. While some faiths still prefer burial, others have become more tolerant. Some churches even offer columbaria where cremation urns are interred.
2. Increased Relocations – In our increasingly globalized world, more people are moving away from their hometowns and/or relocating frequently. This means that there are fewer ties to a specific place and less of an incentive to choose the finality of burial in one location. In contrast, cremation makes it easy for family members who are spread out to memorialize their loved one in their own ways and at their convenience. […]