Report Finds Cremations Overtake Burials in US

On June 30, 2016, the National Funeral Directors Association released the 2016 NFDA Cremation and Burial Report.  This report projected that last year, cremation accounted for 48.5% of remains, while burial fell to 45.4%. The report also suggests that this shift will accelerate in coming years, with cremation accounting for 56% of remains by 2020 and over 70% by 2030. The report cites various factors underlying this shift, including cost, environmental concerns, a less religious population, and changing consumer preference.

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