There are many challenges already when dealing with a funeral. And one of the last things anyone wants to deal with is thinking about how expensive the funeral can be. This is a time of mourning. It’s a time of great sadness for many people, but unfortunately, it is a cycle of life, and the rest of the world is going to keep going. It means bills and expenses have to be dealt with whether we like it or not.
Funerals can be surprisingly expensive. While everyone deserves a decent send-off, on a very practical level for many people, it is essential to find a funeral option that they can afford. The silver lining in this situation is that there are indeed options available.
Average Funeral Expenses
The ordinary funeral expenses in Britain, as of 2018, was 3,757 Pounds while cremation was only slightly cheaper at 3,247 Pounds. Prices could vary based on exact locations and services rendered, but those were the average prices. For many people, that might be pushing the budget to the absolute limit.
So what should a family do when that’s too much? How do they go about finding affordable funeral options that give their deceased loved ones dignity without breaking those left behind?
Dignity Without Breaking the Bank
There are a few options. One is to understand that services aren’t universal. So while shopping around for a more affordable funeral service can seem morbid on the surface, the truth is that this is entirely reasonable. There’s no reason to get taken advantage of during a vulnerable moment. There are few service businesses where consistently the people you deal with will be sympathetic, understanding, and genuinely want to help you during your time of need.
If those prices are still just more than the family can scrape together, a release form can be filled out with the county coroner. The state will help with burial expenses. However, it is essential to note that at this point, the family has very little say in the services offered or how things are done at that point. They have to follow the lead of what the state allows.
There are many providers who believe that funerals shouldn’t be this expensive. On the other hand, just because a funeral option is cheap doesn’t mean it can’t have dignity. There are many ways to have excellent services and memorials without having to break the budget.
Direct burial is an option as is an array of very simple but still beautiful looking caskets. If your loved one wanted to be cremated, you’re allowed to provide your own urn instead of buying an expensive new one. There are also merely reputable professionals who work to charge less or work out a payment plan that allows you to pay in increments over time.
There are options available and simply knowing that is the first step to being able to prepare for an affordable funeral that remains memorable for all the right reasons.