Funeral Facts & Lore
Funeral facts include lore and interesting tidbits of information that covers a wide range of topics. Memorial services, gravesites and urns are among the more common themes. We’ve done some research and come up with some pretty interesting facts you may not already know.
In the past 15 years the cremation rate in this country has nearly doubled. Last year’s figures show that cremations were up to about 44.4%. Projections from the Cremation Association of North America forecast the trend will continue to groan. They suggest the rate will be 55.65% by 2025.
A coffin has six sides and casket has four. Coffins are receptacles for human remains and are basically anthropoid in shape so as to resemble a human being’s body. A casket originally was a box used for storage that may or may not be permanently interred, entombed or cremated with its contents.
It is estimated that around 300,000 people said farewell to President John F. Kennedy. Reports indicate that, all told, they formed a line that was nine miles long. The next day thousands more crowded onto the streets to witness his funeral procession to Arlington National Cemetery.
Singer/songwriter Michael Jackson’s memorial service was organized by concert promoter AEG. In just 24 hours two million people applied for one of the 17, 000 available tickets in an online lottery.
Funeral cakes have long been a popular addition to funeral gatherings. According to some, these sweet treats can be an offering to the loved one’s spirit or ancestors to help guide the dearly departed. They can also be provided to the mourning family and their guests.
Hearses were originally horse drawn and were considered to e public transportation. They had an elaborate framework inside which a coffin or casket was placed. Most hearses today are limousines or vans.