The funeral industry in the US is now embracing cremation, with cremation urns accessories and fees becoming more lucrative as the country turns to the practice as their choice for the duly departed, due to a number of reasons, including space.
Back in 2016, the cremation rate in the US went up over the 50% mark for the first time, according to data from the National Funeral Directors Association. They have also forecasted that it’ll be the disposition of choice for 63.8% of Americans, and by 2035, it’s expected to go up to 78.8%.
Executive Director George Kelder, New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, finds its interesting that it took nearly a whole century after the US’s first cremation back in 1876 to reach 5%, in 1972, and, from that point onward, the number of people choosing cremation in the US has grown at an exponential rate, with funeral industry and their cremation urns accessories changing to meet demand.
The Western states in the US lead cremation rates, at over 70%, average. Conservative Catholic New Jersey, meanwhile, lags behind the country’s average at 48.5% cremation rate, but has been quickly catching up in recent years. According to the NJ NFDA, the rate will go up to around 64.4% in 2030.
Kelder says that the cheaper costs of cremation compared to traditional burials is a key factor, with the average NJ funeral costing $4,741, including the grave, burial vault, cemetery fee and opening and closing the grave, with the coffin adding about $10,000 to that cost.
A cremation, meanwhile, has an average fee of $306, with the urn about $200, with the niche’s total costs averaging at about $2,000.
Kelder says that New Jersey puts a lot of stock of real estate, with the burial costs going up alongside real estate prices. More and more people are seeing cremation as a cheaper alternative, aided by weakening traditionalism and conservatism.
Executive Director of the New Jersey Cemetery Association, Judy Welshons, says that people are now more transient, shown by the days of weeklong funeral services with large gatherings having passed now. People, she says, are now less attached to their places of origins, communities and religions.