The amount of the exemption for an irrevocable prepaid burial contract is adjusted annually for any increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Users (CPI-U). The exemption of an irrevocable prepaid burial contract will increase to $7,248 effective 01/01/2022.
Now that another year of the pandemic has passed, we conducted a further study in April 2022 of 1,500 people. Our goal was to determine how the country continues moving away from traditional burial preferences toward more modern options.
Although cremation is the most common burial method in the United States, the decrease in respondents choosing cremation compared to 2020 may be a result of the growing availability of more sustainable burial alternatives, including natural burial, alkaline hydrolosis (or aquamation), and body composting.
By definition, a natural burial is the most simple and widely available, sustainable burial process. Instead of being embalmed and put into a casket, the body is placed directly into the ground, where it can naturally decompose. Younger generations are more aware of the natural burial option, suggesting that it will continue to grow in popularity in the near future.
Although the environmental impact of burials is a growing concern, especially considering the increased death rate in recent years, only 6% of Americans responded that environmental reasons are the primary driver for their burial decision.
29% of Americans responded that their loved ones are unaware of their burial/funeral plans. Planning ahead for your end-of-life can prevent additional expenses and stress on your family and loved ones.
In June 2021, 37% of Americans responded that their burial plans have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, when surveyed in April 2022, only 24% of Americans responded that their burial plans have changed due to COVID-19.
Americans have more options than ever when it comes to their burial and funeral decisions. Although it can be difficult to think about, it is important to consider your end-of-life plans and educate yourself on the ways you can be memorialized and the planning required to do so.
We surveyed 1,500 people in the United States about their burial preferences. We asked how they plan on being buried, what influences those plans, which options they are familiar with and would consider, how they are prepared for their end-of-life plans, and how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their memorial plans.
Earlier, thousands of people lining the streets as the procession headed to WIndsor for the burial, threw flowers towards the vehicle as it departed from Wellington Arch in central London towards Windsor, a historic town some 26 miles (42 kilometers) from London that is the location of Windsor Castle, one of the royal residences. King Charles III and the Queen Consort, as well as other senior royals also traveled by car. 59ce067264