Shifting Trend Towards Cremation in the Funeral Home Industry
According to a recent article in time.com, almost 1 in 2 Americans were cremated in 2015, surpassing burial rates for the first time. Time Magazine states that according to the Cremation Association of North America, the cremation rate for 2015 was almost 49% nationwide, compared with an estimated burial rate of 45%. This is quite amazing when you consider that just 35 years ago, the cremation rate stood at around 10%. And only 15 years ago, the cremation rate across the country stood at around 26%. It’s quite clear that attitudes towards cremation are changing. Cremation can be much cheaper than a traditional burial and is an increasingly accepted practice among many of the largest organized religions.
As far as total volume of cremations, California leads the way with an estimated 157,012 cremations in 2015. Florida came in at 123,671, and was followed by Texas at 73,882. The states reporting the highest share of cremations were Nevada, Washington and Oregon. These three states have been leading the way for several years now.
The rising trend of cremations has had a big impact on the funeral home industry, which has seen a significant drop in the number of funeral homes across the country over the last several years. However, it’s not all bad news for funeral homes. Many of today’s successful funeral homes have received the message and are adapting to the trend by offering a full array of options for cremation. See the full story here.