When the first crematorium was built in the United States in 1876, cremation was not considered to be an acceptable religious funerary practice. But over the years attitudes and beliefs regarding cremation have changed. The practice of cremation is turning out to be more common in North America. Although some religions forbid the practice of cremation, others have accepted the practice and today refer to "cremation" in their canon. Some religious denominations are adapting to these changes by integrating the practice into their funeral services. As the cremation rates in North America continue to rise, more religious groups are accepting cremation. Accordingly, religious cemeteries are adapting to these changes by designing columbarium cremation gardens that focus on "columbarium burial" or columbarium cremation interment.
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