Red Casket, Blue Urn: Cremation's rise parallels national divergence in religion and politics

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Louisville KY
June 9, 2012

Cremation has grown dramatically in America in the past half-century — from under 4 percent of deaths to 41 percent today, and is still rising.

The increase follows the steady revolution in memorial practices that I wrote about earlier this week — with funerals increasingly becoming less traditionally religious, more customized and spiritual and in some cases entirely secular.

And the trend toward cremation says a lot about that.

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Thanks to the HVCC Mortuary Science Alumni & Student Assoc for alerting us to this article.


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