Every publication on the cost of a funeral quotes the National Funeral Directors Association’s statistics on funeral costs — $7,323 for a “regular adult funeral”. But this statistic is incomplete when talking about funerals involving burial. This sum is based on data from 2006 and does not including the cemetery plot, grave marker, flowers or obituary notices that are typically part of this type of funeral. With those added expenses and inflation the “regular adult funeral” is more realistically around at least $9,000.
The NFDA would probably argue that their number is complete from the funeral director’s perspective. The cemetery costs and fees are often separate from the funeral home’s costs and fees but the average consumer doesn’t know who does what and wants to know the bottom line. How much does a funeral cost — from start to finish. How much? I wish reporters dug a little deeper than simply quoting the NFDA’s statistic without reading the fine print.
The other gaping hole in the NFDA’s funeral costs information is cremation. The cost of cremation services is completely ignored! The NFDA mentions that cremation is growing fast and has become a very popular method of disposition. Cremation was the method of disposition for 34.89 percent of deaths in 2007. The NFDA then lists the states where cremation is most and least popular, but no mention of how much funeral homes are charging for disposition by cremation.
We’ve taken a long hard look at funeral costs and believe that our article How Much? Funeral Costs – a detailed price breakdown is the most current and comprehensive information on funeral costs available.
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