Monday, July 29, 2019
Traditions has shifted and funeral professionals say that the norm is now cremation instead of burials. By 2040, a study shows that cremation will be asked to be performed by client 79%. Over the same two decades, the practice of burials are expected to drop to a mere 16%.
One reason for the dramatic change is the price difference between the two services. A basic cremation on average runs around $2,400 without visiting hours, but can be as low as $800, which includes transportation of the body to the facility, back to the family, and any necessary paperwork. The median cost of a burial with a coffin and full funeral home services is about $7,400. Religious views have also changed with the amount of people over the age of 40 desiring a religious aspect to their funeral dropping to 35% in 2019, down from approximately half of people that were asked.
More and more funeral homes are now providing cremation services. There is no need to purchase a coffin or even an urn, instead the funeral home must inform you that alternative containers — such as those made of unfinished wood or even cardboard — are available. As family members or loved ones can take cremains home, there is no need for a funeral home ran memorial; instead, the family can arrange a more informal get together.
See Ann Carrns, What to Know When Choosing Cremation, New York Times, July 26, 2019.
Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.