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Nelson Reed
B: 1941-10-31
D: 2018-09-25
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Reed, Nelson
Zelda Williams
B: 1940-02-08
D: 2018-09-22
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Williams, Zelda
Jimmy Leverich
B: 1935-02-15
D: 2018-09-14
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Leverich, Jimmy
David Dennis
B: 1968-12-06
D: 2018-09-01
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Dennis, David
Esperanza Cano-Borrego
B: 1998-01-19
D: 2018-08-31
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Cano-Borrego, Esperanza
James Dean
B: 1929-08-30
D: 2018-08-31
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Dean, James
LaVada Poindexter Beard
B: 1930-11-16
D: 2018-08-22
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Poindexter Beard, LaVada
Gwindolene Latimer
B: 1926-11-10
D: 2018-08-12
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Latimer, Gwindolene
Ghronda Tarpley-Adam
B: 1950-09-28
D: 2018-08-10
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Tarpley-Adam, Ghronda
Jimmie Middleton
B: 1934-01-22
D: 2018-07-31
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Middleton, Jimmie
Troy Deen
B: 1957-02-05
D: 2018-07-29
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Deen, Troy
Robert Rifenburgh
B: 1934-07-18
D: 2018-07-24
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Rifenburgh, Robert
Betty Roland
B: 1954-09-02
D: 2018-06-27
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Roland, Betty
Oretha Sipe Caffey
B: 1932-01-29
D: 2018-06-27
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Sipe Caffey, Oretha
Helen Benson
B: 1915-04-25
D: 2018-06-24
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Benson, Helen
Sherry Key
B: 1942-10-26
D: 2018-06-12
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Key, Sherry
Delbert Turner
B: 1936-07-03
D: 2018-06-08
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Turner, Delbert
Martin Cano-Borrego
B: 1996-07-13
D: 2018-06-08
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Cano-Borrego, Martin
Francisco Maldonado
B: 1960-10-26
D: 2018-06-07
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Maldonado, Francisco
Jack Boone
B: 1931-04-17
D: 2018-05-31
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Boone, Jack
Michelle Bolinger
B: 1983-10-18
D: 2018-05-28
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Bolinger, Michelle

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Our Cremation Guide

Abilene Cremation Services

Part of making funeral arrangements on behalf of a loved one involves choosing between burial of the body, or cremation. Certainly this is a big decision, based on any number of factors: religious or spiritual beliefs, finances, or ecological awareness are just some of the reasons we've heard for choosing cremation. Before you can make the choice, you need to know exactly what it is you're considering. You can learn the basics below in our cremation guide, however, if the content here raises additional questions for you, please give us a call at (325) 928-4711. One of our cremation specialists will address any of your inquiries or concerns.

our Abilene cremation guide

We provide quality cremation services for Abilene and promise each family we serve the highest level of:

  • Courteous, professional service. Our dedicated staff will take care of all details, including prompt filing of required permits and notifications. Accurate completion of these essential documents not only ensures their acceptance by local or state agencies; it guarantees your loved one's cremation will not be delayed.
  • Respectful care of the deceased and timely completion of cremation process. Your loved one will be attended to by certified crematory operators; each of whom has been trained to provide both compassionate care for the deceased, and conscientious attention to detail throughout the cremation process.
  • Safekeeping and prompt return of cremated remains. We know it's important for the families we serve to know their loved one will be coming home as soon as possible. That's why we promise to notify you as soon as their ashes become available, and safeguard their urn until the time you are ready to receive them.
  • A memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased. There are many advantages to taking some time to remember the life lived, share stories and laugh about all of the memories. Our team can help you plan a fitting memorial service with or without the cremation urn present, at our facility or in a place of your choosing.
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Cremation Costs

Cremation typically costs one-third of the cost of a traditional burial. While it's true that cost is a big factor for many families, it's important to remember that cremation is only one part of providing meaningful end-of-life care for a loved one. Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is important and can be achieved with a memorial service. Bringing family and friends together provides everyone with the opportunity to share memories and receive support.

Everyone has their own personal reasons for choosing cremation over traditional casketed burial.

Cremation Costs are Only One Reason

Given the religious, ethnic, and regional diversity among us, there are many other reasons for the dramatic rise in the number of cremations performed each year. According to Tyler Mathisen of NBC, one of those reasons "is the softening of the Catholic church's views of the practice. For centuries – until 1963, in fact – the church outlawed it. The church's laws still express a preference for burial. But the outright ban is a thing of the past."  

He goes on to tell readers that the decline in nuclear families is another reason. "As more Americans live far from hometowns and parents, and as family burial plots have waned in popularity and accessibility, millions have turned to cremation as a practical and cost-effective way to care for a loved one's remains."

Cremation also allows a family the flexibility they may need in planning and preparing for a memorial service, celebration-of-life, or a scattering ceremony. While the cremation process can occur almost immediately (once all the proper paperwork is complete), the decisions required in planning a meaningful memorial for a loved one can be made in a relaxed, rational way.

You can also be sure that concern for the environment ranks high among many who choose cremation. Casketed and embalmed remains take up cemetery space and can pollute the ground water but many still question the amount of atmospheric pollution created by the cremation process.

Our Cremation Options

We offer three cremation options; each can be modified to meet your needs:

Traditional Cremation Service

These are much like a traditional funeral. The body of the deceased, placed in a specially-selected cremation casket or a rental casket, is the focal point of the service. A visitation can take place prior to the funeral service and the cycle is completed with the cremation rather than a traditional burial. Once the cremation has occurred, the cremated remains are returned to your family. You can then decide to scatter, bury, or retain the cremated remains in an urn.

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Memorial Gathering after the cremation has taken place

This can occur at any time after the cremation process. The urn is usually on display at the service, which can take place in any setting preferred by the family. Read more about planning an affordable memorial service to complement this option.

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Direct Cremation

This involves completion of all required paperwork and the transportation of the deceased from the hospital, home, nursing facility, or coroner's office to the crematory.

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How To Arrange Abilene Cremation Services

Once the cremation-over-burial decision has been made, all that's required is authorization. This is provided by the person who is the legally identified or appointed next-of-kin. Once all authorization documents are signed, and service charges are paid; the body can be transported from the place of death to the crematory and the cremation process can take place. However, there are some additional things you may wish to consider, such as:

 

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1. Is there a special set of clothes (such as a military uniform or favorite dress) your loved one would appreciate the thought of wearing? This will be a focus of the cremation arrangement conversation, and you will be advised by your funeral director as to your best options regarding jewelry or other valuable personal items.

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2. Are there any keepsake items you'd like to include in their cremation casket? Perhaps there's a special memento, such as a treasured photograph or letter? We sometimes suggest family members write cards, notes or letters to their deceased loved one, and place them in the casket prior to the cremation.

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3. Would you or other family members like to be present for–or participate to some degree in–your loved one's cremation? Because we know how healing it can be to take part in an act of "letting go", we welcome the opportunity to bring interested family or friends into the crematory. Please discuss your desire to participate with your funeral director.

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4. What will you keep the cremated remains or ashes in after the cremation or the service? Many families are simply unaware that they can purchase a cremation urn to be placed in a special place such as the family home. We offer a large selection of urns that will help memorialize your loved one. Ask one of our caring funeral director's to see the wide variety of urns.

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Is it Time to Speak with Us About Your Cremation Options?

We encourage open dialog about all end-of-life issues and sincerely hope you reach out to us to dig deeper into the topics related to cremation and burial. We've had years of experience as a leader among Abilene funeral homes, so we understand and respect your decisions. Not only that, we will take all the time you may need to make an informed decision. If our cremation guide did not answer your questions fully, please do not hesitate to call us today at (325) 928-4711 or email us through the Contact Us form.

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Sources:
Mathisen, Tyler, "Cremation is the Hottest Trend in the Funeral Industry".