(Cleveland) - Researchers at Choice Mutual, an independent final expense life insurance agency, surveyed 1,500 Americans about their burial choices—and they’re not what you think. They put their findings in a detailed report, which includes how people plan on being buried, the reasons behind their burial plans, and descriptions of some out-of-the-ordinary burial methods—some of which are actually illegal.
View the full report here.
A few interesting data points from the report are:
- 20% of respondents want to be buried with the remains of a pet or loved one
- 1 in 10 Americans who plan to be cremated want to be planted as a tree
- 30% of respondents would choose a different method of body disposal if they weren’t worried about family tradition, religious beliefs, or finances
- 62% of millennials want to be buried with photos of loved ones, compared to only 40% of respondents ages 45+
Spokesperson Morgen Henderson tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, cremation is growing in popularity with 44% of Americans preferring that method, and 35% opting for the traditional burial. She says alternatives like natural burials and donations to science are also becoming more accepted.
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