Cremation More Popular - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

8/16/04-Van

Cremation More Popular

Just as the seasons change, so have opinions on burial and cremation. A few decades ago, cremation was considered taboo, but today cremation is just as popular as traditional burial. In the last five years, cremations have jumped statewide, from more than 21 thousand in 1999 to more than 28 thousand in 2002.

Keith Hilliard and daughter Melissa run the century old Hilliard Funeral Home and one of only two crematoriums in East Texas. They say half of the funerals they perform are cremations.

"Our cremations have really grown in the last ten years. In the 90's we were doing probably 2 or three a year," says Keith. Today they do at least 100 a month.

Keith says cremations, a three hour procedure at 1500 degrees, are increasing for two reasons. First the price. The average burial funeral costs at least 5000 dollars. The average cremation 1000. Second, he says more religions are embracing the trend.

"The Buddhist and Hindu are pretty much 100 percent cremations, Episcopal are more for cremations. Methodist, Baptist, Assembly of God are more traditional but the younger generation is coming around for cremation," says Keith.

The Reverend Bill Cook, an Episcopalian minister, says most of the funerals he officiates are cremations.

"I think people have found in actually going to funerals with ashes how dignified they are. Certainly from a theological point-of-view they are perfectly acceptable, ashes to ashes. It is literally true in this case," says Father Cook.

Still, its not for everyone. Even the Hilliards are divided.

"I think I will probably right now choose burial because all of my family has been buried in the past," says Melissa Hilliard.

"My son-in-law, that's the way he wants to go. My wife is leaning that way and I think we will see more of our family do this," says Keith who still hasn't decided what he will do.

But as cremation grows in acceptance, so do the options a family has when they must decided how a loved one will spend their eternal rest.

Michelle Mortensen, reporting.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Tyler police searching for suspect accused of theft

    Tyler police searching for suspect accused of theft

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:36 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:36:26 GMT

    Tyler police are looking for a theft suspect.  The theft occurred Saturday at 3300 Troup Highway.  The victim is described as a 85-year-old female. According to a report, the woman was followed into the restaurant by a Hispanic male. The male suspect then allegedly stole the victim's purse after she left it unattended.  A witness alerted the woman to the theft. The victim then checked the parking lot and discovered that her vehicle had been taken. The vehi...

    More >>

    Tyler police are looking for a theft suspect.  The theft occurred Saturday at 3300 Troup Highway.  The victim is described as a 85-year-old female. According to a report, the woman was followed into the restaurant by a Hispanic male. The male suspect then allegedly stole the victim's purse after she left it unattended.  A witness alerted the woman to the theft. The victim then checked the parking lot and discovered that her vehicle had been taken. The vehi...

    More >>
  • Veterans hold annual Buddy Poppy event

    Veterans hold annual Buddy Poppy event

    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:59 PM EDT2018-05-27 00:59:06 GMT

     In a tradition of spring, East Texas veterans organizations ask people to remember memorial day through accepting a symbol.  A flower.  Memorial day weekend, a time of reflection and honoring those who have fallen while serving our country.     The gift of a simple 'buddy poppy' has a deeply profound meaning for veterans. Thanks to a World War one officer. "The original story was written and thrown in the trash. John Mcrea dug ...

    More >>

    In a tradition of spring, East Texas veterans organizations ask people to remember memorial day through accepting a symbol. A flower. Memorial day weekend, a time of reflection and honoring those who have fallen while serving our country. The gift of a simple 'buddy poppy' has a deeply profound meaning for ve

    More >>
  • DPS: One dead in Smith County wreck

    DPS: One dead in Smith County wreck

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:33 AM EDT2018-05-26 15:33:18 GMT

    From the Texas Department of Public Safety: On May 25, 2018 at 2:32 PM, Troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on IH-20, 10 miles east of the city of Lindale.

    More >>

    From the Texas Department of Public Safety: On May 25, 2018 at 2:32 PM, Troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on IH-20, 10 miles east of the city of Lindale.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly