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Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Blog, Relationships & Family | 0 comments

Navigating The Cost Of Traditional Burial Versus Cremation

Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be hard, especially when you have to decide what kind of services you want to invest in, how much money you’re able to spend, and whether you’ll choose a traditional burial or cremation. As prices continue to rise for the average cost of funeral services, individuals grieving the death of family members are often faced with a tough decision: what can be afforded and what simply can’t? Continue reading to learn about the facts of traditional burial versus cremation, when it’s best to purchase a burial plot, and the cost involved in each.

How Purchasing Burial Plots and Urns in Advance Can Save Money

Determining the time that you purchase a burial plot is important due to several factors:

  • Since funeral and burial plot prices continue to rise over time (see below for more on cost), purchasing a plot in advance (before death) can be more cost effective.
  • As time marches on, the honest truth is that the location you’re envisioning for a burial may fill up– locations don’t last forever. Buying a plot in advance can help to secure the location you want so you won’t have to worry later.

If you’re considering cremation, buying an urn in advance can help you to save money (urns available online or from a merchant can be cheaper than buying directly from the funeral home).

Comparing the Cost Factor

As each year passes, it becomes increasingly more costly to hold a funeral in America. While prices were well under a thousand dollars only fifty years ago, the average cost of an adult funeral is now $7,045. Since that price includes a casket and burial expenses, it’s not surprising to learn that taking quite a few of these costs out of the picture reduces the price significantly. Most services involving cremation cost one third of those who decide upon traditional burial, which is why the popularity of cremation in modern funerals has soared in recent years.

How to Save With Traditional Burial

If you’re thinking of sticking with a traditional burial, you can still find ways to save money during the funeral process. Depending on how you best desire to honor your loved one, you may consider different kinds of grave markers as well as the location of burial and the funeral home you will be using.

While services provided between funeral homes are similar, prices can vary greatly between homes in the same city– so don’t be afraid to shop around and ask questions over the phone to find out who has the best price for quality service. Contact a funeral home like Fluehr Funeral Home for more information.

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