Halifax County, VA - Halifax County is getting its first crematorium. Powell Funeral Home in South Boston is building the crematorium at their Wilbourn Avenue location.
Owner Leslie Powell says the demand for cremations has increased due to the rising cost of traditional burials.
Powell says the cost difference is between $4,000 and $6,000.
A columbarium for cremated remains was built at the nearby Halifax Memorial Gardens last year.
Powell says this will fill a void for many families.
"We did 52 last year. We've done five so far this year. So it's definitely on the rise and there's a need here for a crematorium, " said Powell.
They plan to have the crematorium finished by the end of March.