10 Statistics About Cremation

Cremation is a burial method that is becoming more and more common. This disposal method turns a body into ashes for the family members to keep or spread in a ceremonious way. As an estate planning attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, we help line out the end of life wishes of many people around the area. If you’re thinking about cremation or just interested in learning more about this body disposal method, check out some interesting statistics about cremation below.


  • Cremation is about 1/3 of the cost of a traditional burial. 
  • The ashes from cremation are actually ground up bone particles. 
  • The rate of cremation is expected to be at about 56% by the year 2025. 
  • A crematory only processes one body at a time to ensure no ashes are mixed. 
  • There are new innovative purposes of what to do with cremation ashes. 
  • Cremation remains weigh about 6-8 pounds. 
  • In 1960, the cremation rate was less than 5%. 
  • Natural gas is used to heat a cremation fire up to 1400 degrees. 
  • A person can choose to have a traditional funeral and then be cremated. 


Now that you know some interesting statistics about this common disposal method, you may be leaning toward this option for your end of life wishes. If you haven’t yet, and if you reside in the Lake of the Ozarks area, it’s important to establish an estate plan near the Lake of the Ozarks and O’Donnell Law Center can help. We guide our clients through the various plans and decisions that need to be made in order for their wishes to be carried out after death.
People rarely want to think about end of life, but in order to make it a little easier on the loved ones that we leave behind, and to make sure that our hard-earned assets are distributed to those who we want it to go to, end of life planning is an absolute necessity.


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