Need for Funeral Cars Dwindling

November 10, 2008 | | Comments 0

We’ve written before about how people are paying less and less attention to processions of funeral cars and hearses. Not only are they paying less attention, they are disrespecting the funeral cars by cutting into the procession because they are in a hurry.

An article in a Colorado newspaper recently addressed the fact that people are not only disrespecting processions of funeral cars, but they are also foregoing the traditional funeral altogether. More and more people are opting to cremate their loved ones rather than doing the traditional burial to which we are accustomed. In 2007, more than 60 percent of deaths in Colorado were handled with a cremation while 35 percent were handled by burial. Compare that to the statistics in 1987 and you’ll see those numbers are almost completely reversed.

One funeral director in Colorado had this to say when interviewed about the increase in cremations: “Burials are still prominent in the Midwest and the East. I believe a lot of people that live in the West are conscious about our open space, and they’d like to keep it that way.”

In addition to saving space, cremations are also becoming more popular because they are available at about half the cost of burials.

Although cremations continue to gain popularity, there will always be a need for funeral cars. People will still want the traditional burial and the symbol of a procession of funeral cars going to the burial site. I, for one, want a traditional burial when I pass away. What are your thoughts?

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