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There are numerous reasons why people choose cremation, and the decision is a very personal one, whether for someone planning their own services in order to alleviate their family from that burden, to family members choosing cremation as a loving and respectful way to memorialize their loved one. Research has shown the following nine factors as considerations in the cremation decision:
People are dying older and choosing cremation for themselves.
Migration to retirement locations is increasing.
Cremation has become acceptable.
Environmental considerations are becoming more important.
Level of education is rising.
Ties to tradition are becoming weaker.
Regional differences are diminishing.
Religious restrictions are diminishing.
Greater flexibility in memorialization services.
According to the funeral-industry sponsored Wirthlin Report from 2006, the five primary reasons why cremation is chosen are as follows.