Thirty years ago, the cremation rate in the United States was about 1%. Currently, the national cremation rate is at about 40%, which is expected to go up to 60% in 2025. In New Hampshire, our cremation rates are one of the highest in the country per capita, at over 60%.
With burial costs between $5,000 and $10,000 and cremation costs ranging from $1,000-$3,000, there is a growing number of people who are choosing cremation as a more affordable option when dealing with the death of a loved one.
Aside from affordability, there are other factors that contribute to the decision of cremation. The size of an urn is dramatically smaller than a coffin, and in some parts of the country, burial space is running scarce. There is an increase in the number of people with Hindu or Buddhist beliefs in Southern NH. Both of these religious beliefs involve cremation of the deceased.
Do you have a preference of cremation or burial? Does your family or religion have a set of beliefs towards or against cremation? What are your reasons for wanting to be traditionally buried or cremated?