Skip to comments.Cremation gaining acceptance, study shows
Posted on 03/27/2014 11:44:44 AM PDT by Graybeard58
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Cremation may be the new American response to death, according to a survey by LifeWay Research.
The study, which surveyed 1,036 Americans, shows that about 4 in 10 (41 percent) say they plan to be cremated.
Six in ten (58 percent) say being cremated won't keep you from being resurrected to live in heaven. And few (14 percent) say cremation is wrong.
The LifeWay online survey reflects the growing acceptance of cremation, which has become common in the United States.
About 4 in 9 (43.5 percent) Americans who died in 2012 were cremated, according to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA). That's nearly double the rate from 1996 (21.8 percent).
LifeWay researchers found that few Americans have qualms about the practice.
More than 7 in 10 (71 percent) disagree with the statement, "I believe it is wrong to cremate a body after someone dies."
Only 3 in 10 (30 percent) disagree with the statement, "I plan to have my body cremated when I die." Forty-one percent agree, while 29 percent do not know.
Scott McConnell, vice-president of LifeWay Research, said cremation fits the way most Americans live these days.
"Few people stay in the same place all their lives, so they don't have strong connection to a place they want to be buried," he said. "Cremation is also often less expensive than burial. And many of the social taboos about cremation are fading."
The survey found that few Americans think cremation has any consequences for the afterlife. Fifty-eight percent disagree with the statement, "If someone's body is cremated, there is no way for them to be resurrected to live in heaven." Only 8 percent agree. One in 5 (20 percent) don't know. Fourteen percent say there is no resurrection to live in heaven.
Evangelical Christians have been wary of cremation in the past. And the practice does remain less common in the Bible belt. In Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, the cremation rate is among the lowest in the country, at 23.9 percent, according to CANA. By contrast, in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, the cremation rate is 60.3 percent.
In LifeWay's survey, self-identified born-again, evangelical or fundamentalist Christians are most likely (27 percent) to say that cremation is wrong and to disagree (42 percent) when asked about being cremated. They're also (70 percent) most likely to disagree when asked if cremation would keep someone from being resurrected to live in heaven.
Methodology: The online survey of adult Americans was conducted September 6, 2013. A sample of an online panel representing the adult population of the U.S. was invited to participate. Responses were weighted by region, age, ethnicity, gender and income to more accurately reflect the population. The completed sample is 1,036 online surveys. The sample provides 95 percent confidence that the sampling error from this panel does not exceed plus or minus 3.1 percent. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.
“If someone’s body is cremated, there is no way for them to be resurrected to live in heaven.”
Does this mean believers who die in fires, plane crashes etc... are not allowed in heaven? No.
my thoughts exactly
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Sure would be interested to hear from the 8 percent. What do they base this opinion on?
It sure doesn't say much for your belief in an all-powerful God if you believe he's incapable of reconstituting a body destroyed by fire.
It’s the new American response to “cheap” ... :-) ...
I’m in for the roast and toast also, but don’t agree with the scattering of ashes unless there is no surviving family. I believe humans need a place to visit, to remember, grieve and share. My Grandmother, without telling anyone had My Grandfather cremated and his ashes dumped at sea by a high turn over operation. The rest of family have never gotten over the lack of place to visit.
cook and send the ashes to the landfill!
Wasting real estate on dead bodies should be illegal!
Anyone can have a marker made if they want one. You can even purchase a cemetery plot to place a marker on if you want - or you can place it wherever you wish.
Cremation is not so “Green” as it takes plenty of energy to complete a cremation. Embalming fluid is not necessary but is usually done even when the body does not cross state lines. There is no reason for embalming when the corpse can be kept at about 35 degrees until ready for veiwing or funeral.
Cremation would be fine with me. There is probably a term for where Urn-contained ashes could be stored indefinitely . I don’t think Mortuary is the right term. I would like someplace to go and peacefully contemplate a loved one now deceased. I would prefer not to store the ashes in my home unless I was confident no one would bother the urn. If I had money to purchase a couple of acres, I would not use it to inter coffins, but solely to display and maintain gravestones. It may sound morbid, but I have often thought about it. My mom died in the eastern part of the country, an area I rarely visit. I have often wished I could set up a quasi tribute headstone over here in the west, one I could easily visit a few times a year. If someone owned such a business, they could easily move it to a new location in case they were leasing, and the property became too expensive to stay there.
Creamation is where I’m heading since my first choice...trash bag at curb....seems to be frowned upon.
I noticed this the last time I ate a fast food burger
“But the main reason, as you might expect, is cost. Cremation is cheaper than burial. The average cost of a funeral today is about $6,500, including the typical $2,000-or-more cost of a casket. Add a burial vault, and the average jumps to around $7,700. A cremation, by contrast, typically costs a third of those amounts, or less. In a tough economy like the current one, cost counts a lot. “
Cremate me, bake my ashes into a cake with icing that says ‘Eat Me’, send to ex wife
mosoleum, i think
Mausoleum is the word you’re looking for. As I said above, you can buy a cemetery plot anywhere and place a marker. You don’t have to body to bury. You can bury ashes, you can place a marker.
This has come up a few times in my own family. One instance, the husband of an aunt was estranged from the rest of the family and he did not tell us where he placed her. We bought a marker for her anyway, in the family plot.
Another, a man was widowed twice, decades apart, and both wives were buried in different places. Arrangements had been made at the death of the first to bury him with her, so he was buried with his first wife. He was also given a headstone next to my mom, his second wife.
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