Direct cremation is becoming increasingly popular, but why?
Burying our loved ones in caskets below the earth was the preferred end-of-life option for generations of Americans. No longer. Over half of America now chooses cremation over burial, according to the Cremation Association of North America. In 2019, 54.9 percent of deaths involved either traditional or direct cremation services.
Here are five reasons why cremation is becoming more popular, especially direct cremation.
#5: More Religions Now Accept Cremation
Some major religions have always incorporated cremation into their memorial services, including Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Catholicism and Judaism traditionally promoted intact burial but have slowly and steadily increased their acceptance of cremation as an option for their followers.
Although not expressly prohibited in the Bible, the Catholic Church discouraged its followers from cremation until recently. Catholicism teaches people will be resurrected in body and soul. Therefore, cremation was a possible disruption to salvation.
In 2016, the Vatican issued new guidelines on cremation. This easing of religious doctrine allowed more Catholics to explore alternatives to traditional burial.
A long-held tenet in the Jewish faith is that cremation interferes with the soul’s ability to leave the body. Jewish people also believed that cremation was a pagan ritual that disrespected the teachings of the Torah.
However, more Jewish families today opt for cremation. Many Jewish cemeteries bury cremated remains, and rabbis may preside over funerals involving cremation.
#4: Greater Awareness of the Environment
More families consider direct cremation as more environmentally friendly than traditional cremation or burial. Direct cremations don’t require embalming, a process that involves harmful chemicals. The dangerous effects of embalming are long-lasting, as caskets release hazardous particulates into the soil, air, and groundwater.
Although modern cremation requires fossil fuel, the industry is replacing older devices with cleaner, greener ones. And here at Tulip, we are offsetting 100% of the carbon emissions created by the cremation process.
Space and Land Use Issues
Traditional burial plots need a lot of space. Cities like Washington, D.C., are running out of available land required for housing.
There is also the fact that America’s Baby Boomer generation is aging. It is reasonable to expect that urban cemeteries won’t have room to accommodate traditional burial to meet the needs of this vast population.
#3: Simple and Efficient Planning Process
Unlike traditional cremation providers or funeral homes that require at least one in-person visit, you can select a preneed or immediate direct cremation plan by phone or online. Direct cremation service is so efficient and straightforward that most families finalize the necessary arrangements in less time than it would take to drive to a funeral home.
Less Paperwork, More Time with Family
Direct cremation providers should take care of most of the paperwork for you. You spend less time filling out forms or chasing down necessary documents and more time with your family.
A direct cremation provider should keep your involvement and stress to a minimum from the moment they take your loved one into their care. You deserve to take as much time and energy as you need to process your loved one’s passing.
“ . . . I didn’t have to worry about anything. I was able to grieve and be with my family; not worrying about exuberant costs or having to go back and forth to sign papers. . .”
-Gina O., San Francisco, CA
#2: Affordable and Dignified
Direct cremation is the most affordable option compared to burial or traditional cremation. According to a 2021 report from the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the average cost of a traditional burial is $7,848. The price for cremation with a ceremony is $6,970. Direct cremation costs around $2,300 or less.
More families are discovering that direct cremation combines affordability with a dignified end-of-life plan. A loved one’s passing, whether anticipated or unexpected, often places financial pressure on surviving family members. Direct cremation is an affordable, respectful option.
Unfortunately, some funeral homes take advantage of grieving family members with costly add-ons or aggressive upselling tactics. A reputable direct cremation provider should offer a basic plan and explain any additional items or services. There should be no hidden fees or unpleasant marketing tactics.
“It’s a very simple and effective way to bypass all the ins and outs of dealing with a formal mortuary/cremation facility and at a much more economical cost.”
-David R., Los Angeles, CA
#1: Personalized, Comforting Service
Because direct cremation is a respectful, simplified process, you receive personalized care from highly-trained, compassionate professionals. Ideally, you should have a single point of contact who can answer all your questions and keep you apprised of your loved one’s care. This individual attention can be comforting during such a challenging time.
Cremation Provides Flexibility for Memorial Services
Direct cremation also gives you flexibility when planning a memorial or celebration of life. You are not limited to holding a memorial right after your loved one’s passing because there is no need to embalm or acquire a casket.
You and your family decide when, where, and what type of service best suits your loved one’s beliefs and preferences. Some families have their loved one’s cremated remains present at a memorial service, while others do not. There is no “right” way to celebrate and honor the dearly departed.
“ . . . the very fair pricing for a simple cremation without all the added options pushed on us was really all that we were hoping for. I miss my dear friend so much, and you guys were there comforting us to send him along to the next place. . .”
-Patrick M., Long Beach, CA
Why Families Trust Tulip Cremation
“I was very, very impressed with all the staff at Tulip. From the first phone call, everyone was very ‘gentle,’ and none of my questions seemed too small to be answered and were answered expeditiously as well. It seemed like they went above and beyond. For those that don’t require the services or can’t afford the cost of a mortuary, this company is the one to choose. Everything is done very lovingly.”
-Brad S., Concord, CA
We know that making end of life plans is never easy. Our Tulip Cares team makes it simple to arrange low-cost, high-quality direct cremation plans for yourself or a loved one. There’s no pressure and no hidden fees – just affordable, dignified cremation services delivered with care and compassion.
Tulip Cares is available 24/7, 365 days a year. To learn more, call (844) 942-4909 or use our website to arrange your plan online.