On Air Now

Upcoming Shows

Program Schedule »

Tune in to Listen

Listen Live Now » 1440 AM Green Bay, WI

Weather

Current Conditions(Green Bay,WI 54303)

More Weather »
61° Feels Like: 61°
Wind: WSW 7 mph Past 24 hrs - Precip: 0”
Current Radar for Zip

Today

Sunny 68°

Tonight

Clear 46°

Tomorrow

Sunny 73°

Alerts

  • 0 Severe Weather Alerts
  • 0 Cancellations

Cremation now tops burial for first time in Wisconsin

by

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - For the first time, more people in Wisconsin are being cremated than are being buried after their lives are done.

The state Health Services Department said Tuesday that 47% of people were cremated in 2011, and 46% were buried. About 6.5% were entombed – and less than one-percent donated their bodies to medicine or science.

Barbara Kemmis is not surprised by the new trend. She heads the Cremation Association of North America and says more folks are choosing cremation because it’s cheaper and more environmentally-friendly than burials.

Of the 11 western-most states, only Utah has a cremation rate lower than 51%.

Comments