Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for posting a recent article and warning the funeral consumer. Funeral Rip OFFs are alive and well in Chicago-land, Being a Funeral Director,- this month I was given the privilege to sit with a Family in the Funeral arrangement for a mother’s son. At the Funeral I performed the ministers function at no charge.
The Funeral Director(doing the arrangement- did not hand the family a general price list. (Required by LAW). THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR DID NOT GIVE ME GENERAL PRICE LIST When I asked for One-also required by Law.
The Cemetery charged $4,700 For the Grave site. I considered this theft. THE MOTHER HAD PROMISED THE SON THAT SPECIFIC GRAVE SITE SO THEY GOT AWAY with it!
I was able to assist the family with obtaining a third party casket on the internet which saved a few thousand.(Thanks to the Star Legacy Casket Network) But all in all the prices charged were way too high. In this instance as often is the case funeral cost became a factor in grief.
What was truly sad is that services at the Cemetery ALONE cost over $7,000.00. YES, it was a the High PROFILE WORLD”S LARGEST FUNERAL & CEMETERY Corporation, NYSE: SCI, Service Corporation International, SCI within the Chicago City Limits.
The NFDA average funeral cost figure of $7,323.00 is from 2006, That average traditional funeral is much more today.
Snippet From the Chicago Tribune:
Death is big business. How big, you ask? The National Funeral Directors Association says the average funeral costs $7,323 — and that doesn’t include the cost of a cemetery plot, a gravestone and burial services.
In all, dealing with the death of a loved one can cost more than $10,000, making it one of the most expensive purchases most families will make. So why do we do so little research on the topic?
“People are in denial about death right up until the bitter end,” said Ed Markin, who runs the Funeral Help Program in Virginia Beach, Va. “You delay talking about it at your own fiscal peril is what it all boils down to.”
Markin said funeral costs vary widely, controlled almost entirely by the amount of research you do — and when you do it. He said you can save almost 50 percent by shopping around and getting written quotes before you need them.
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