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Cremation outpaces traditional burial

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 Jan. 15 that about 47% of people were cremated in 2011, and 46% were buried. About 6.5% were entombed, and fewer than 1% 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%.

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