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Sunday 5 December 2021

Did You Know... Cremation Started in Someones Backhouse?? We Talk to the Expert in All Things Cremation History (Part 2)


Cremation has gone a long way since the first known cremation in 1876. Who better can give us the history of cremation than the Historian of the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), Jason Ryan Engler. He holds this position as well as that of Cremation Historian for the National Museum of Funeral History (NMFH). The museum was completed in 2018 with 80% of the exhibit being his personal collection.

You will learn of his baptism of fire in the world of funerals which started as early at the age of 12. A lot has changed in the process of cremation, and with its growing acceptance in the United States, this method of disposition is becoming more popular. It's yet another informative episode of The Glam Reaper Podcast, so just sit back, relax, and enjoy the learning! 


  • Jason’s introduction to self, his qualification as a cremation thought leader in the deathcare space.

  • What made Jacob so fascinated in the history of cremation?  

  • The history of cremation from the historian of the Cremation Association of North America (CANA).

  • How has the process of cremation evolved from the first known cremation in 1876 to now?

  • What impact has Covid 19 had on cremation?

  • The statistics of cremation in the U.S., what is the rate of change?

  • What is the difference in people's acceptance of cremation as a method of disposition? 

  • Jason’s thoughts around the controversy of cremation on its effect on the environment.

  • Is there anything the funeral industry can do to improve the world into a better place?

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