Owensboro, Kentucky (WEHT) —Funerals are changing, according to recent reports.
More than half of Americans choose cremation over traditional burial.
“More and more people are becoming aware of their options,” said David Bell at Glenn Funeral Hall in Owensboro.
Recent report from National Association of Funeral Directors We estimate that 56% of all funerals in 2020 will be related to cremation. This is an increase from just over 40% 10 years ago. Cremation is also projected to jump to 78% by 2040.
Nathan Morris of Haley McGuinnis Funeral Hall in Owensboro said:
Both Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home and Glenn Funeral Home funeral directors say more and more people are choosing to cremate.
“A little less than 50% of families choose to cremate everywhere,” says Morris, who also sees other funeral halls owned by Morris Family Holmes, who owns Haley McGuinnis. .. Morris also states that giving the town’s family and friends the opportunity to give direct respect is one of the reasons for choosing cremation.
“Today, people are all over the country, and cremation is often chosen because people are scattered all over the country,” he explains.
However, according to a report from the North American Cremation Association, Kentucky is in the bottom five states with a percentage of funerals involving cremation. As of 2019, it is just over 35%. Bell says it’s important that the funeral hall adapts to change and that those who pass by are remembered by their loved ones.
“The key to the process of grief is that there are events that establish the importance of someone’s death. This is often an important basis for an effective and proper process of grief.” He says.
(This story was originally published on October 13, 2021)
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