Yes, you can make it through a Funeral without the full use of a Funeral Direct0r, and expensive casket. In many cases however it is still best to hire a funeral director but not for all of his services. You do not have to get a Casket from the traditional funeral directors- Aurora, Batesville, or York Casket Company.
In fact if you are informed, some of the services of a funeral director can be done, by your friends, church members, clergy and others. In actuality you can do some of it before you die.
To some this may seem radical but it is quite simple.
From Rest in Peace Insiders tips to the Low cost Less Stress Funeral.
“The everyday role of the funeral director has been changing
over time. Some of the funeral director’s functions are not
as necessary as they once were. The reality is that today the
average person can plan a funeral that reduces the role
of the funeral director.” Copyrighted Material from R.Brian Burkhardt
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- Latest in the Butr Oak Cemetery Scandal
Revealed here the latest time line events in the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal. Like the the horrible events in July these events are bizarre, but not quite the horror show of 300 grave desecrations and human bones
being piled up across the cemetery.
On September 15th 2009 Governor Pat Quinn’s cemetery oversight task force gave its report. Click here to view it.
A Bankruptcy judge gave back to Perpetua Inc the keys to Burr Oak cemetery on September 17th 2009.
There was a protest March on the Cemetery on September 20th 2009
Control of the cemetery was taken away from Perpetua AGAIN on Sept 21st 2009 with the help of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
Perpetua lost control of the cemetery on 09/21/09 after the intervention of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
On September 21st 2009 Congressman Bobby Rush Introduced nation wide Cemetery and Funeral Reform with the the Introduction of The Bereaved Consumers Protection Act
So now we are facing Statewide Cemetery and Funeral Regulation in the State of Illinois and across the United States of America?
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In an effort to come in under the average cost of a funeral an Illinois Resident has taken her stand on preneed for her family. She has recovered funeral cost money $1000.00 USD of the principal that was paid in 2003.
This lady successfully stood up to an Illinois Funeral Directors Association Funeral Home. Not only did she negotiate with the Funeral Home(advocated here), she negotiated with the Comptroller of the State of Illinois, and the Illinois Funeral Directors Association-IFDA. You can view the full article here: Pre-need Funeral Investor Demands Repayment of Principal
This is a helpful example of how you can come in under the average cost of a funeral and negotiate your funeral cost.
The scenario is also instructive on why one should not prepay or purchase a preneed contract.
This is outlined in the funeral cost book.
Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral.
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rest in peace insiders tips to the low cost less stress funeral
The Average Cost of a Funeral in 2008 was $8000.00 USD +and maybe more. This year the NFDA raised the average funeral cost in 2006 to $7,323.00 Dollars. This has been mentioned at this blog. Now how can this happen? The National Funeral Directors Association.collects statistics from funeral homes and funeral directors around the United States. If they receive more information they change the numbers.
Cost for traditional Funerals has been trending upward. but at the same time lower cost funerals such as green funerals, cremation and direct burial are also growing to the broad prosperity of all. This also has sent the traditional funeral cost upward. It has cut into funeral home profits.
So after much research I am lowballing the average cost of a funeral in 2008 to be $8000.00 USD.
The Over 50 Website declares the same average funeral cost. “the average US funeral costs over $8,000 as far as I can deduce from the sparse information that is published, and it seems very easy for funerals to cost from $10,000 to $20,000 or more!”
More information on how to lower average funeral cost can be found here:
Your Funeral Guy.
A Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was an early pioneer of the Lower Cost Funeral
He joined the other Low Cost Funeral Pioneers: Jesica Mitford and Walt Disney!
My first encounter with the lower cost funeral occurred in 1971 while I was at my First College, Illinois State University. Nixon was dominating the New As the D.C urban legend goes he wanted Three things. 1)Simple 2) Cheap 3) No open casket. Simple meant no frills. Cheap meant a low cost funeral No open casket meant a closed casket with no public viewing.
All I remember from 1971 was that there was a large crowd at the funeral and the burial was held at Arlington National Cemetery, and that it was a ceremony filled with emotion.
Little did I know that 30 years later on September 11, 2001 I would enter funeral service and become an advocate of the cost funeral. Hugo Black was truly founder in this cause.
Simple, Cheap, and No Open Casket works for a low cost funeral today. This still works in 2008.
Today this is something of a funeral cost urban legend.
In 2008 I would reverse the order but leave the same instructions
1) No open Casket in 2008 this means a low cost casket sold on the internet.
2) Cheap means a low cost funeral and maybe a cremation.
3) Simple means a negotiated lower cost funeral with no funeral home scams.
So the 1971 to 2008 update means
2) CREMATION and
3) No Funeral Home Scams.
Little did I know that I was later to work at Arlington National Cemetery and write Rest in Peace Insiders Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral.
Your Funeral Guy
Funeral Director and Author
Be Sure to let me know how you lowered the cost of your funerals!