The Personal and Financial Cost of Funerals


by Ron King

The funeral is a ceremony of proven worth and value for mourners. It provides an opportunity for all who share in the loss to express their love, respect and grief. It allows them to openly face the crisis that death may present. Through the funeral, the bereaved take that first step toward the emotional adjustment of their loss and start the healing process.

The cost to memorialize and bury a loved one has increased steadily in the past few decades, and survivors are often seeking donations and opting for less expensive options to honor the life of their loved ones.

When a loved one dies, money (moreover the cost of burial) is not a forethought. Once the initial shock of death has subsided, grief-stricken survivors realize that dying in America is expensive. The average funeral cost in the U.S. is about $6,500. With the added costs of cemetery, flowers and other expenses the total can easily reach $10,000. Grief, desires, obligations, and lack of direction can cause one to go into debt just to honor the dead.

As part of the many services we offer the public, we at Cooper, Adel, and Associates provide and answer to this dilemma that can affect all of us at some point. Through the use of tailored estate and burial pre-planning we can take the monetary burden off your loves ones so that they can focus on what is most important in the time of death…healing.

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