Americans being cremated outnumber burials for the very first time since data has been recorded on the subject. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, almost three percent more deaths are resulting in cremation compared to burials.
This is in line with a sharp, rising trend in cremations over the last 11 years. It is believed that the rise in postmortem burning is due to three main factors:
The increase in cremation has not, however, changed the cultural importance of funerals. The National Funeral Directors Association has stated that funerals are seen as an important part of the grieving process. Americans may not care as much for their ancestors' bodies, but they still celebrate their lives.