Climbing Cremation Rates Create an Increased Need for Columbariums

More people in the United States are choosing the option of cremation than ever before. To support that choice, Columbarium Planners designs and builds columbariums to house the cremains of those who have passed. Adding a columbarium to your church property or public cemetery provides a way for family and friends to treasure their memories in a beautiful, sacred space. As cremations become increasingly popular, columbariums are becoming more essential than ever. 

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Cremation on the Rise 

In 1960, a mere 3.6% of Americans chose cremation. Now, the cremation rate has risen to more than 50% and is expected to continue to climb in the coming years. A variety of factors likely contribute to this sharp increase in the cremation rate.


The cost of cremation varies depending upon whether or not a service is planned. Regardless, cremation is the most inexpensive way to care for the remains of a loved one.

Environmental Concern

Many people feel that cremation is a more environmentally friendly way to honor their loved ones. Cremation reduces land usage and preserves natural resources.

Freedom and Flexibility

Additionally, cremation allows family members to plan a memorial service at a time and place that is convenient for them. Cremains can be inurned in a columbarium at any time, so there is no rush to organize and plan a service.


For those facing death, cremation is a popular choice. Having control over how their remains are cared for brings comfort and a sense of control to those making decisions about the ends of their lives. Additionally, knowing what a loved one wants alleviates some stress for grieving families.

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By choosing to construct a columbarium, your community will feel empowered to honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. Our team of site planners, landscape architects, and facility designers will work with you every step of the way to create a sacred space that honors your loved ones well. With our headquarters in North Carolina, we build columbariums in the eastern half of the U.S., including South Carolina, Virginia, and beyond. Call (910) 295-8328 or request information now.