Thursday, 03 November 2011
Chicago – As the number of cremations per year in the United States rapidly closes in on the one million mark, another significant benchmark figure is expected to be topped – the 40 percent barrier. According to preliminary 2010 statistics released October 23 by the Cremation Association of North America at its joint convention with NFDA, CANA projected that 40.62 percent of all deaths in the United States in 2010 would result in cremation…..
Matthews [Mark Matthews, CANA past president] said the most important question the association is looking to answer is, “When will cremation be 50 percent of all dispositions?” CANA had always forecast that the 50 percent barrier would be broken in 2018 or perhaps 2017. “It looks like 2017 is pretty good; it is possible sooner,” he said, noting that under one scenario it could be as early as 2015. “What we are doing is looking at our methodologies, trying to perfect them.”
Read the full article at ConnectingDirectors
State-by-state Cremation Statistics
Cremation Rates Accelerate (The Funeral Plot Blog – 9 Nov 2011)