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Study: More people want to be cremated than buried

Posted October 22, 2019 8:58 a.m. EDT
Updated October 23, 2019 8:23 a.m. EDT

In the midst of a loss, worrying about the costs and procedures related to a cremation can be overwhelming.

— More people want to be cremated than buried, according to a study from life insurance agency TermLife2Go.

The results of the study mimic a national trend that shows cremation is becoming more popular than a traditional burial. The most common reasons for this decision, according to the study, are cost and personal beliefs.

TermLife2Go surveyed 500 individuals. Of those, 43 percent wanted to be cremated and 37 percent preferred a classic burial.

Eight percent said they would want to donate their body to science, and 6 percent wanted a "green burial," in which the body is not prepared with chemicals such as embalming fluids and is buried in a biodegradable coffin.

Others wished to be placed in a mausoleum, and some answered "other."

Twenty-one percent of those who wanted to be cremated want their ashes spread at sea. Others wanted their ashes spread at personal locations, including landmarks, parks and their own backyards.

The scattering of ashes is legal in North Carolina as long as certain guidelines are followed.

Whether they preferred burial or cremation, 21 percent of the respondents based their decision on personal beliefs. Twenty-one percent chose based on religious beliefs.

Cost was also a factor. Cremations, which can run between $1,000 and $5,000 are much less expensive than burials, which can cost as much as $10,000.

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