CANA’s 2021 Cremation Symposium Postponed



WHEELING, IL — In light of the recent resurgence of COVID-19 across the United States and the world, the CANA 2021 Cremation Symposium has been postponed to February 9-11, 2022. CANA’s Board of Directors made the decision that it is no longer viable to move forward with the event as originally scheduled for February 10-12, 2021 at the LINQ Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Association leadership and staff hoped to find a path through these uncharted times to design a safe and successful event, but circumstances make postponement unavoidable at this time.

“Obviously, this is a disappointing decision,” CANA Executive Director Barbara Kemmis says. “Everyone was looking forward to getting together and we wanted to do everything we could to move ahead. But these difficult times meant we had to make a difficult decision. There is a path back to gathering and a new normal, but we must be patient.”

Until then, CANA plans to expand its commitment to offering essential information that engages death care professionals and allows them to connect safely at a distance. Whether it’s through timely webinars and conference calls or online education sessions, quality online communication is more important than ever before.

The association is currently developing a new program of events, including Art & Science of Cremation: Crucial Conversations Virtual Series, premiering March 24, 2021 – April 15, 2021. You can stay updated on this and other association offerings via the CANA website at

About CANA 
Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international organization of over 3,300 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.

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