A new study by LifeWay Research reflects the widespread acceptance of cremation in the United States and a growing desire for cremation over burial.
These are the results of LifeWay’s survey of more than 1,000 Americans:
- 4 in 10 Americans (41 percent) agreed with this statement: “I plan to have my body cremated when I die.” 30 percent disagreed, while 20 percent were unsure.
- 6 in 10 Americans (58 percent) disagreed with this statement: “If someone’s body is cremated, there is no way for them to be resurrected into heaven.” Only 8 percent agreed, and 20 percent were unsure.
- 7 in 10 Americans (71 percent) disagreed with this statement: “I believe it is wrong to cremate a body after someone dies.” Only 14 percent agreed.
The survey also found that those who disagreed with cremation tended to self-identify as born-again, fundamentalist, or evangelical Christians. Conducted in September 2013, the study polled 1,036 American adults, with responses weighted by age, region, ethnicity, gender, and income.
LifeWay’s study reflects the growing trend of cremations across the country and closely aligns with statistics from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), which found that 4 in 9 Americans (43.5 percent) were cremated in 2012.
The prevalence of cremation is expected to grow, as fewer people are remaining in the same place (and thus, would rather not opt for burial), and more people are seeking to lower the cost of end-of-life services.