NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 05, 1973
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(Studio) Death and burial is subject of Jack Perkin's report
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(No location given) Many people looking to alternative-for ground burial. Burial expensive, land costs soar, and many cemeteries are filled. In Nashville, Tennessee, mausoleum builder Ray Ligon building high-rise cemetery. [LIGON - believes ground burial to be most expensive in future. High-rise mausoleum is answer.] Already 2-story mausoleum exists with all comforts. [LIGON - says most people visit loved ones at least once yr at mausoleum New York man to visit Ligon and consider mausoleum idea for New York.] [REPORTER - asks if skyscraper mausoleums to be coming trend.] [LIGON - says mausoleums to rise in popularity just like shopping ctrs.] On Oregon coast, pilot receives cremated remains from around nation to spread over water. Less than 5% of people decide on cremation, but interest growing in California. To some, these alternatives may seem humbling, or even bizarre, but ground burial becoming less and less practical.
REPORTER: Jack Perkins