According to the National Funeral Directors 2021 Burial and Cremation report the rate of burial versus cremation was a surprising 36% to 57%. The national median cost of a funeral with a viewing and burial in 2021 was approximately $7,848 while the median cost of a funeral with cremation was approximately $6,971.
Burial is a time-honored choice steeped in tradition and faith. The practice of burial stems from the belief that our bodies are part of who we are. We are separated from them at death, but look forward to being reunited with them at the resurrection. Christians view the body as being a sacred part of a person who is made in the image of God.
Cremation is the most common method of disposing of remains in the United States. Cremation is often selected because it allows for more options and the memorial service to be held at a more convenient time in the future when relatives and friends can come together.
A funeral service followed by cremation need not be any different from a traditional burial service. Usually, cremated remains are placed in urn before being committed to a final resting place. The urn may be kept at home, placed in a cemetery, or scattered in accordance with state law.