The cremation rate is increasing exponentially in the U.S. now. In 2012 it reached 42% nationally, with several states way above this rate. Cremation offers a more affordable disposition option. There is no need for an expensive casket or burial plot.
State law only requires for a suitable “rigid, combustible container”, therefore, most basic cremations are performed using a simple cardboard or pressed wood container. You do not need a casket for a cremation.
In most states there is a legal requirement for a 24-hour waiting period before a cremation can be performed, however a certain number of states do have a legal 48-hour waiting period. Visit the state funeral planning guides on US Funerals Online to check your individual state legislation on cremation.
A cremation authorization form must be signed before a cremation can be conducted. It is possible to have signed this form in advance, if you are preplanning, if not the legal next-of-kin must sign it.
A cremation permit must then be issued by the authorizing county before the cremation is carried out, and any medical implants must be removed.
To read in more detail about the federal and state laws that govern cremation dispositions, and the operation of crematories in the United States, visit ‘Cremation laws and arranging a cremation‘.