Industry Trends: How I See It
Dennis P. Welzenbach
Chief Operating Officer/CFO
Suhor Industries, Inc.
According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), the cremation rate in the United States today is 31% and based on 2004 statistics the rate will be 51% in 2025. While this is somewhat alarming for the traditional funeral home, it becomes even scarier if you keep in mind that previous CANA projections have always been conservative.
Consider also 1,600 veterans die each day and approximately 12% of those buried utilize full veteran benefits. This includes a free burial plot, free grave marker and free concrete grave liner, as well as free opening and closing of the grave and perpetual care. Nearly 100,000 veterans are buried in the veteran cemeteries each year. This equals 3 1/2 % of all annual deaths.
The Wirthlin Report
"Study of American Attitudes toward Ritualization & Memorialization.".
Review the report - part one and part two