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More Mainers choosing to be cremated as burial method

July 30, 2018 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Burials around the country, and especially in Maine, have taken a turn to see more cremations as a preferred method for burials.

A July report from the National Funeral Directors Association says cremations are becoming the burial method of choice, with Maine being among 12 states where it is growing fastest. The Bangor Daily News reports 72 percent of those deceased were cremated.

From 2015 to 2017, the number of licensed crematories in the United States increased almost 10 percent. Maine is moving toward a related milestone in 2020, when residents 65 or older are expected to outnumber the young.

Maine had 12 crematories in 2017 and is one of a handful of states where funeral homes are not allowed to run crematories.