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Less cash, more cremations

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

January 6, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Even in death, the recession is affecting folks. There's an unusual result to the continuing economic crisis.  

"There seems to be a nationwide increase in the number of cremations," said mortician Johnny Litman.

J. L. Litman Funeral Home is seeing that same trend here. They've already cremated several people in the New Year. In the past, they'd cremate maybe one or two a month.

According to the Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America, sales of caskets are down while the sales of urns are up.

A lot of it comes down to economics.  Cremations can cost between $700 and $3,000. A traditional funeral service can cost as much as $10,000.

It's predicted that by next year, nearly 40-percent of funeral services will involve cremation.

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