Cremation Association of North America

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international organization of over 3,500 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization. CANA is committed to gathering accurate and comprehensive cremation statistics to serve the needs of the death care industry and consumers, and data are freely available on our website. Our statistics on cremation are regarded as the most reliable and current available today. New reports are released each year in late spring. Since 1913, CANA has been collecting death and cremation data from a variety of sources. Over the past twenty years, CANA has published figures primarily obtained through state and provincial governments in the United States and Canada. Based on disposition data derived from death certificates, CANA has determined the annual percentage of cremations to deaths and forecasts future cremation percentages. For detailed information about our methodology, contact


The Cemetery Research Group runs two events a year: in May and in November. Follow the links and send in an abstract