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The Secularization of Funerals

How secular Americans are reshaping funeral rituals:  Students can examine the trend toward cremation as a pattern in sociology, business, religion, family studies, ritual expression, and psychology.  According to estimates by the funeral industry’s main trade group, 2015 is on track to be the year that cremation surpasses burial for the first time, as a long-standing trend continues. A key factor driving this: decreased religiosity.

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