Death is certain and can be costly. There are financial and environmental impacts in addition to the emotional impacts. It is clear that consumers need to do more research and shopping around for funeral services.
The table below was compiled by the Funeral Consumers Alliance and the Consumer Federation of America. It shows funeral home prices from the 10 areas listed where they gathered data from 15 funeral homes in each area. Three types of services were priced - direct cremation without ceremony; immediate burial without ceremony or the cost of a casket or burial plot; and basic funeral services of the funeral director and staff. (for the full report, please go to: www.funerals.org/newsandblogsmenu/blogdailydirge/3544-2015funeralsurvey)
Each year, in 22,500 cemeteries in the U.S., we bury:
4.3 million gallons of embalming fluid, which includes formaldehyde
Each body that is cremated:
Mary Woodsen, Researcher, Green Burial Council, 2013