Friday, December 06, 2013

America's First Modern Cremation

The LeMoyne Crematory
Washington, Pennsylvania

(Engler Cremation Collection)
It is appropriate to note that 137 years ago today America's first modern cremation took place in the LeMoyne Crematory in Washington, Pennsylvania.
From meager beginnings, the cremation movement has grown to reach its present status: according to the statistics* of the Cremation Association of North America, for the first time in history over 1 million cremations were performed in the U.S. in 2011. Additionally, projections* show that, by 2017, 49% of Americans who die will be cremated.

*Statistics and Projections are from the 2013 Annual Statistics Report of the Cremation Association of North America as published in the Cremationist of North America, Volume 49, Issue 4.

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