Why Americans Choose Cremation

why do americans choose cremation

The Cremation Association of North America and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) both report that Americans are more frequently choosing cremation as a funeral choice.

During the past fifteen years, the cremation rate in America almost doubled. In 1999, about 24.8% of funerals were cremations. By 2014, this percentage increased to 46.7%. The trend is for cremation to continue to increase and it is becoming the most popular choice for most Americans.

Americans Choose Cremation for Good Reasons

There are many good reasons to choose cremation when compared to a traditional burial, which include:

Economic Reasons

The average cost of a traditional burial in the USA as reported by Fox Business News is $6,600 when using a simple metal casket. Additionally, the cost of the burial plot and a cement grave liner, adds up to $3,000 more. The top-of-the line metal caskets costs over $10,000. Annual maintenance fees for burial plots continue for a long time.

An average cost for a cremation is around $3,200. For those who have a lack of financial resources, a basic cremation, without a professional memorial service, costs around $600. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has a checklist of funeral items that helps calculate the total costs.

Consumers are now increasingly using online resources, such as Simple Cremation Online to find cremation solutions that are appropriate and affordable within their available budgets.

Freedom and Flexibility for the Memorial Ceremony

A cremation allows the celebration of the life of the departed in almost any location, with only a very few restrictions.

Based on the wishes of the person that passed or the desires of those remaining, some part, or all of the cremains (ashes):

  • are kept in a special place,
  • are stored at home,
  • are spread (scattered) in a natural setting or at sea,
  • or placed in a location that has a special significance to the person and their life.

Cremains can by buried in an urn just like a casket or stored in a crypt. Compared to the burial of a casket, a cremation offers flexibility and more freedom in the memorial ceremony. The memorial ceremony does not have to happen right away, because the cremains do not have the same urgency as dealing with the full body of a deceased person.

The NFDA offers a detailed discussion of cremation options.

Increasing Religious Acceptance

Cremation is an acceptable practice for many religious faiths and in some cases is a requirement.

Hindus must be cremated. Buddhists are most likely cremated.

In the Christian faith, cremation is an acceptable practice for Baptists, Episcopalians, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Mormons (permitted but burial preferred), Presbyterians (permitted but burial preferred), and Quakers.

Cremation is not permitted for Muslims, Orthodox Jews (cremation is allowed for Reform Jews), and Eastern Orthodox Christians.

Green Funerals

The newest trend is the concept of a “green funeral.” A green funeral avoids using materials that do not biodegrade and those that are toxic for the environment, such as formaldehyde used for embalming fluid. Cremains do not spread disease, are non-toxic, and environmentally friendly.


The increasing popularity of cremation in America shows that many are finding out that cremation is a good choice. To explore the various options, visit Simple Cremation Online for more information.