The first baby boomers are entering their mid-60s, and the death rate in the U.S. is expected to rise from 8.1 people per thousand in 2008 to 9.3 in 2020, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Yet the traditional funeral industry is hardly healthy: The Federated Funeral Directors of America, an accounting firm for independently owned funeral homes, found that in the past 20 years, its clients’ profit margins have been cut nearly in half. Some 44% of funeral home directors, up from 28% in 2006, blame the increasing popularity of cremations and alternative burials for sinking profits, according to a consulting firm. Some funeral homes have responded by offering themed funerals, such as backyard barbecues, while others diversify by hosting weddings and other events.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Too each man his own but, I really don't care about this little detail of life. Cremation seems to be a much cheaper and less expensive way to go. You don't have to worry about phony people taking that last look. You no you can order theme caskets? How about the one above the Star Wars or a backyard barbecues. Now I don't think that you would find too many people of color doing this but again too each his own.