The number of people choosing cremation as an end-of-life solution has been growing for years. In 2015, the number was approximately 50 percent, but the scales tipped the following year. Consequently, more cremations mean cemeteries and churches now include columbarium construction plans in addition to traditional burial sites. In fact, Columbarium Planners originated to meet these emerging needs. This article reviews some of the reasons for the increase and how cemeteries can prepare for the future.
U.S. Cremation Rates Continue to Increase over Time
Statista, which provides insights and facts about 170 industries, reports that 56.1 percent of U.S. residents opted for cremation in 2020. Moreover, they estimate that number will grow to over 72 percent by 2030. Several factors contribute to the choice to cremate. Of the many aspects that play a role in increased cremation rates requiring columbarium constructions, here are four we find to be particularly noteworthy.
1. Traditions Are in Flux
Traditionally, people tended to live in the same cities and towns in which they were born. Today, that’s not the case. The world has become increasingly connected, travel is affordable, and videoconferencing allows people who live far apart to stay in touch. Additionally, traditional memorial services are beginning to evolve. Potentially, as a result of loved ones living far apart and changes to memorial services, more people opt for cremation.
2. People Are Environmentally Focused
People, governments, and NGOs share growing concerns over the environment. As a result, they often focus on sustainable living and environmentally-friendly practices. Moreover, the land is a finite resource, and some cemeteries are running out of room. For some people, cremation reserves land use for other things.
3. Some Religions Are Evolving Their Stance
When it comes to interment, Christian churches vary widely in their stance. The Catholic Church softened its stance on cremation decades ago. When you combine the evolution of the church’s stance on cremation with the fact that many people in the U.S. emphasize spirituality over organized religion, the result is an increased desire for cremation services.
4. The U.S. Population Is Growing More Diverse
The makeup of the U.S. population is changing along with other cultural factors. People continue to take up residence in the U.S. from other countries, cultural backgrounds, and religions. In fact, more than 50 percent of world religions support cremation. Consequently, a population that consists of many people who rely on cremation as part of end-of-life services naturally results in greater demand.
Learn More About Columbariums
Churches and cemeteries find themselves responding to increasing requests for cremation services. At the same time, the desire for a place to secure the cremains that allows for relocation is also increasing. Thus, if you have a cemetery or church in North Carolina, South Carolina, or the eastern half of the U.S., you may want to explore options for columbarium construction. Providing beautiful space for loved ones to visit those who have passed is essential, no matter their interment choice. Call Columbarium Planners at (910) 295-8328 to discuss your cemetery or church’s plans.