According to the Cremation Association of North America, cremation rates are expected to reach 60.7% in the United States and 77.6% in Canada by 2024. This is up from 54.6% in the United States in 2019 and 73.1% in Canada. This rate has been increasing steadily since 2004 where the average rate was just 31.2% in the United States and 52.4% in Canada. In fact, the rate has been increasing ever since with an average of between 1 and 2% growth each year.
When it comes to the subject of death many religions view it in a different way. There are those who will refer to their own specific teachings on what happens after death, with varying views on what the afterlife might be. There are also those who will follow guidelines when it comes to funeral and memorial services, and they will point to scripture when helping the bereaved come to a decision about what to do with their loved one's body.