Memory Glass Exhibiting at CANA Convention

Our very own Kim Price will be representing Memory Glass as an exhibitor at the 95th Annual Convention for the Cremation Association of America (CANA) in Washington D.C. from August 7-9. Memory Glass has been a regular exhibitor at the CANA Convention for years as we are committed to continually remaining informed and up to date with all the best practices implemented in the funeral industry.

Kim is looking forward to connecting with our existing vendors, and meeting with funeral homes and crematoriums who are interested in learning about how Memory Glass can help increase their profitability. Visit us at booth #42.

Memory Glass is aligned with the CANA’s core principles – the belief that the practice of cremation should include dignity and respect for the care of the deceased and compassion for the living who survive them. Our customers can rest assured that the utmost respect and dignity is employed in memorializing loved ones through the process of making our glass memorials.

Cremation Increasing in Popularity

Graph from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA)


The rate of cremation in the US is at an all time high, according to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA). Their cremation statistics for 2011 have been compiled and published, showing that cremation continues to rise in popularity. The number of cremations done last year in the U.S. exceeded 1 million, an all time high.

CANA’s report breaks down the cremation rates for areas throughout North America. Rates for the U.S. rose from 40.6 % in 2010 to 42.1% in 2011. Cremation proves to be even more popular in Canada where rates increased from 58.2% in 2010 to 59.2% in 2011. Canada’s province with the highest cremation rate is British Columbia at 80.6%.

In 2011, the top ten states with the most cremations were:
  1. California – 131,140 cremations
  2. Florida – 101,697 cremations
  3. Texas – 53,245 cremations
  4. New York – 50,333 cremations
  5. Pennsylvania – 44,513 cremations
  6. Michigan – 41,678 cremations
  7. Ohio – 38,404 cremations
  8. Illinois -35,274 cremations
  9. Washington – 34,019 cremations
  10. Arizona – 28,654 cremations
In 2011, the top ten states with the highest cremation rates were:
  1. Nevada – 72.2%
  2. Washington – 70.9%
  3. Oregon – 69.4%
  4. Hawaii – 69.1%
  5. Montana – 65.7%
  6. Maine – 63.9%
  7. Colorado – 63.3%
  8. Arizona – 62.5%
  9. New Hampshire – 61.6%
  10. Alaska – 61.1%
In 2011, the five states with the lowest cremation rates were:
  1. Mississippi – 13.8% cremation
  2. Alabama – 17.2% cremation
  3. Kentucky – 20.8% cremation
  4. Louisiana – 21.2% cremation
  5. West Virginia – 23.2% cremation

Cremation appears to be more widely accepted in the West (Pacific and Mountain regions), including Alaska and Hawaii, and in the Northeast. Southerners, however, tend toward non-cremation methods as the South has the lowest rates in the nation.

This report also lists the top five factors that come into play when a consumer is choosing whether to cremate. These factors are:

  1. Cost (Cremation services are typically substantially less expensive than traditional burials)
  2. Range of Memorialization Options (There is a wider range of options available with cremation, including Memory Glass’ own glass cremation memorials, scattering, cremation jewelry and urns)
  3. Environmental Impact (Traditional burials require land consumption)
  4. Geography (Our mobile society prefers to bring loved ones along when they move)
  5. Religious Acceptance (Religions are becoming more tolerant of alternative choices to burial)
For a closer look at more cremation statistics for 2011, go to CANA’s complete report.