New survey reveals how Americans want to be buried

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(WWAY) — Researchers at Choice Mutual, an independent final expense life insurance agency, surveyed 1,500 Americans about their burial choices—and they’re not what you think.

They put their findings in a detailed report, which includes how people plan on being buried, the reasons behind their burial plans, and descriptions of some out-of-the-ordinary burial methods—some of which are actually illegal.

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Here are a few interesting data points from the report:

  • 20% of respondents want to be buried with the remains of a pet or loved one
  • 1 in 10 Americans who plan to be cremated want to be planted as a tree
  • 30% of respondents would choose a different method of body disposal if they weren’t worried about family tradition, religious beliefs, or finances
  • 62% of millennials want to be buried with photos of loved ones, compared to only 40% of respondents ages 45+

View the full report here.