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“There is a reason why CANA continues to grow and attract new members, and we take this seriously through ensuring we are and always will remain all things cremation.” – CANA Past President Robert “BBJ” Boetticher, Jr.

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is the only association solely focused on cremation. We understand the industry and its challenges. We help our members find success.

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CANA membership unites professionals who represent all aspects of the cremation industry – from independent businesses to corporations and from academic institutions to suppliers. Affiliation with CANA demonstrates to clients that practitioners are dedicated to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. The CANA logo on members’ doors, websites, and printed materials illustrates commitment to a professional organization and lends credibility because CANA keeps them up to date on emerging practices and policies.

CANA stands out as the approachable, friendly, and welcoming association, with members who share openly with each other: “They are real people with real stories. That is who our profession is. CANA represents those real people.” – CANA Past President Richard “Rick” Wiseman

CANA is the expert at the forefront of cremation trends, anticipating what lies ahead for the industry. We are here for our members at every step of their careers, with education, strategies, and a network of peers ready to share their experiences.

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Who is eligible to join?

CANA Membership is held at the firm level and includes all staff who:

  • Believe that cremation is not the end but the preparation for memorialization
  • Recognize that cremation is impacting their professional future and wants to be proactive in turning this into a positive rather than negative force
  • Want to learn more about cremation and how to maximize the opportunities it offers
  • Own or operates a crematory
  • Want to be part of an organization that is making a significant contribution to the funeral service segment of the death care industry.

Suppliers, consultants, educators, and students are welcome to join as non-voting members to share in the education, communication, and networking benefits of CANA Membership!

Membership Types

Excerpted from the CANA by-laws, revised July 26, 2018

A Regular Member is an authorized representative of a proprietorship, partnership, corporation or society operating and maintaining a crematory, columbarium, cemetery, funeral home or any combination of the above. Annual dues: $495

An Affiliate Member* is an additional employee from the same or an affiliate firm of a Regular Member. Affiliate Members are entitled to all privileges of membership, except the right to vote or hold office. Annual dues: $145

A Supplier Member* is an authorized representative of an organization that sells products or services to the death care industry. Annual dues: $495

An Association Member* is an authorized representative of an organization (trade association, governmental agency or educational organization) that has an interest in the activities of CANA. Annual dues: $495

A Professional or Consultant Member* is an individual rendering, performing and selling professional consultative services to crematories, cemeteries and/or funeral homes. Annual dues: $495

A Student Member* is an enrolled student of a mortuary science or funeral service program who is interested in the subject of cremation and promoting memorialization. Students must be working toward licensure as a funeral director and/or embalmer, US-based programs should be accredited by the ABFSE. Annual dues: $35

Students, you may be eligible for a complimentary membership if your school is already a member of CANA. Check your school's membership status and contact us for details.

*Non-voting member

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