Americans are choosing cremation over traditional burial, says the nfda

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Cremation is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional burial services in Utah. In fact, the 2017 report of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) says that, for the second year in a row, cremation rates in the entire United States are at an all-time high.
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  • 1. Didericksen Memorial Americans Are Choosing Cremation over Traditional Burial, Says the NFDA
  • 2. Cremation is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional burial services in Utah. In fact, the 2017 report of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) says that, for the second year in a row, cremation rates in the entire United States are at an all-time high. In 2016, 50.2 percent of Americans chose cremation, while 43.5 percent opted for burial. Cremation rates slightly increased and burial rates slightly decreased over the last few years. And, the NFDA says the trend will lean heavily toward cremation in the next two decades, with a projected cremation rate of 78.8 by the year 2035.
  • 3. State Laws Are Liberal Regarding Storage of Ashes In Utah, state laws are generally liberal regarding the storage of ashes. This is because cremated remains do not have public health risks. Hence, Utah locals choose cremation because they have various places where they can store or scatter the ashes of their loved ones. These include the following:  An established scattering garden  Private property  Local public land  Federal land  Air  Sea (at least three nautical miles from land)
  • 4. ` Age and Religion Contribute to the Latest Trends Several factors contribute to the increasing popularity of cremation services. Two of the most notable factors are religion and age. The NFDA says that, since 2012, the percent of Americans who believe in the importance of religion in funeral rites has decreased by 10 percent — from 49.5 percent to 39.5 percent. Non-religious Americans, therefore, are more likely to opt for cremation for their deceased loved ones. Age is also a major contributing factor. Particularly speaking, the aging of the American populations plays a role in the increased demand for cremation, with younger generations favoring the alternative to traditional burial.
  • 5. There is a changing consumer preference for cremation. As such, many local funeral homes have started providing cremation services along with traditional burial services. They keep up with the latest trends to meet the demands of American families.
  • 6. Sources: http://www.didericksenmemorial.com/ https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/burial-cremation-laws-utah.html http://www.nfda.org/news/media-center/nfda-news-releases/id/2511/nfda-cremation-and- burial-report-shows-rate-of-cremation-at-all-time-high
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