Making funeral arrangements can be a daunting and emotional experience. If you haven’t made any arrangements prior to the person’s death, the experience can seem overwhelming.Cremation has become a popular and affordable choice for many people throughout the world. In America, approximately one-third of the population is cremated each year and this has been steadily increasing over the past few decades.
Burial or Cremation – Which is best for me?
In other countries, such as England and Japan, that rate goes up as high as 90%.The average cost of a cremation is $1,000 to $1,500. Keep in mind that there are many costs to consider in addition to the cremation. For instance, if you choose to have a funeral service and a cremation, you will need to purchase a casket (anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000, depending on the material of the casket) and the service can be an additional $3,000. Still, the cost of cremation is less than a traditional burial which can range anywhere from $7,000 to $20,000.
When you are grieving the last thing you need to add to your loss is financial loss. It’s important to stay within your budget, while creating a beautiful memorial for your loved one. There are many amenities and additional services that can easily creep in to significantly increase your costs. Sit down with your funeral service and be sure they tell you all of the bottom line costs so that there are no surprises in the end.
And one final note; beyond the funeral home costs, you should make your own budget of other expenses such as the cost to list an obituary, the cost of food for the family and other items that you might not consider during this difficult time. It’s important to get a handle on this as costs for a funeral can easily mount up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.