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Chris Raymond

4 in 10 Americans Cremated in 2010

By December 30, 2012

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Did you know that roughly four of every 10 Americans who died in 2010 were cremated? (Officially, 40.62% of the total U.S. deaths that year, according to the Cremation Association of North America.) That is an amazing amount given that cremation, as a percentage of total deaths, was less than half that number just 20 years ago (19.12% in 1992).

There are many reasons for this explosive growth -- such as cost, greater religious acceptance, and lower environmental impact vs. traditional ground burial -- but what I find striking is that the U.S. cremation rate was less than 4% during President John F. Kennedy's administration (3.61% in 1962). In other words, in only four decades, the growth and acceptance of cremation as a form of bodily disposition increased 1,125%!

I'd settle for a tenth of that growth rate on my retirement account right now.

Anyway, I encourage you to read my article explaining exactly how cremation works. And how likely are you to choose cremation versus another form of final disposition for yourself, such as burial? Please post your thoughts in the comments section below.

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