There are numerous reasons why people choose cremation, and the decision is a very personal one, whether for someone planning their own services in order to alleviate their family from that burden, to family members choosing cremation as a loving and respectful way to memorialize their loved one. Research has shown the following nine factors as considerations in the cremation decision:
- People are dying older and choosing cremation for themselves.
- Migration to retirement locations is increasing.
- Cremation has become acceptable.
- Environmental considerations are becoming more important.
- Level of education is rising.
- Ties to tradition are becoming weaker.
- Regional differences are diminishing.
- Religious restrictions are diminishing.
- Greater flexibility in memorialization services.
According to the funeral-industry sponsored Wirthlin Report from 2006, the five primary reasons why cremation is chosen are as follows.
- Saves Money (30%)
- Saves Land (13%)
- Simpler (8%)
- Body Not in Earth (6%)
- Personal Preference (6%)