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A growing proportion of Americans are choosing cremation to save money during the economic downturn.

All but taboo in the US 50 years ago, cremation is now chosen over burial for 41% of American deaths, according to the Cremation Association of North America. Economics is clearly one of the factors driving the boom.

A survey conducted by the Funeral and Memorial Information Council last year found that 1/3 of those who chose cremation said cost was a primary factor.

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Post time 2011-12-10 00:18:39 |Display all floors
We also have experienced many problems with forgotten cemeteries in growing suburbs.  The problem is especially pronounced with cemeteries of slaves and former slaves.  In these instances, human remains were intentionally forgotten out of race hatred toward the people who were buried there.  That makes development of the property problematic.  I can point to four or five examples of plantations that operated on labor from slaves and former slaves for more than 150 years that nonetheless have not even a roadside marker indicating where the deceased black people were buried.

I use a clock icon, which is a favorite feature of old funeral homes.  They mean to remind you that your time is coming.


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