Today’s Non Sequitur is a perfect Death Cartoon. Walking by the cemetery, our hero Joe sees a sign that reads, “All Roads Lead Here, So Plan Your Trip Today!” Another sign reads, “Lots of Plots Available! R.I.P. Your Name Here.” He looks somewhat bummed.
In the last panel, he’s sitting at the bar with his brother Bob. Joe says, “Have you noticed that revelations in life are rarely any fun?” Bob replies, “Well, duh… why do you think bars were invented?”
These cemetery owners are being optimistic. Cremation has cut into the cemetery business considerably. Smart cemetery owners are building cremation resting places: smaller plots, niche walls, scattering gardens, even entire cremation gardens that have designated resting places among the shrubbery.
In Congregation Albert’s cemetery, we recently added an entire row of cremated remains plots. Reform Judaism allows cremation. FYI, the current national average percentage of Americans choosing cremation is 41%. This is according to the 2011 survey by the Cremation Association of North America. They predict the national average will reach 50% by 2018.