It's no secret that life expectancy in the U.S. is trending upward. A person born today can expect to live eight years longer than someone born in the 1970s. But there's another trend you might not know about--and it's related not to what happens while we're alive, but rather to what happens to our bodies after we die.
In 1958, only about one in 28 Americans were cremated upon death. Today, the percentage of Americans who are cremated has risen to more than 40 percent.