What does a funeral cost, and how will you pay for it?
According to the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention, in 2015 3,978,497 people were born in the US, and another 2,712,630 people died. Some of those deaths were expected and even planned for. But most death comes as some form of surprise. And that’s when family and friends find that they may be unprepared not just for the sadness and loss, but for how expensive a funeral can be.
What do funerals cost?
With the average funeral costing approximately between $7,000 and $10,000, loved ones left to foot the bill sometimes struggle to find the money to do so. This price range typically includes the services provided at the funeral home, cemetery burial, and headstone installation. While cremation continues to grow in popularity, traditional cemetery burial is still the most common way of laying the deceased to rest. It doesn’t, however, include the cost of a catered luncheon with drinks after the memorial service, which can add hundreds if not thousands of dollars to the cost.
Parting.com gives this breakdown of funeral costs:
- fee for the funeral director’s services: $1,500
- cost for a casket: $2,300
- embalming: $500
- cost for using the funeral home for the actual funeral service: $500
- cost of a gravesite: $1,000
- cost to dig the grave: $600
- cost of a grave liner or outer burial container: $1,000
- cost of a memorial (headstone or plaque): $1,500
Please note that funeral costs can vary widely depending on the funeral home and geographical locations.
What happens if a loved one dies and I can’t cover the expenses?
Take a look at the life insurance policy of the deceased (if they had one). Get on the phone with an agent and ask them to walk you through any limitations and stipulations associated with the policy. Black enterprise.com says, “If you simply can’t come up with the money to pay for cremation or burial costs, you can sign a release form with your county coroner’s office that says you can’t afford to bury the family member. If you sign the release, the county and state will pitch in to either bury or cremate the body. The county may also offer you the option to claim the ashes for a fee. But if these also go unclaimed, they will bury the ashes in a common grave alongside other unclaimed ashes.”
Are funerals covered by insurance?
Burial insurance is a type of funeral expense life insurance policy created to cover the cost of your funeral or cremation expenses when you pass away. Because many people don’t realize how much funerals cost, when a loved one passes away without proper burial insurance – it can lead to financial hardship on families or loved ones who are left to pay for it. Pre-need funeral insurance is also a great precautionary policy that will help prevent a tragic loss to be financially burdening to those left behind. According to protective.compre-need funeral insurance also, “covers the costs of predetermined expenses such as standard funeral home services, funeral merchandise, church and burial services. In some instances, this type of policy can protect against inflation and the rising cost of funeral expenses by locking into today’s prices for services and merchandise.”
Funerals are one of those expenses that not everyone plans for. If this happens, and you’re the one making the arrangements, you may find yourself in need of money you don’t have on hand. You can use a credit card, of course, but many people look to an installment loan to handle funeral expenses.
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