Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The High Cost of Dying

It’s not a subject most of us like to talk about, but paying for a funeral can be a weighty expense. And according to a new survey from the Consumer Federation of America, it can be a bit of a guessing game as well.

The CFA surveyed 150 funeral homes from ten different regions of the country.  The cost of a full-service funeral ranged very widely, from $2,580 to $13,800. More distressing, those prices can be hard to find. Only 38 of the 150 funeral homes surveyed fully disclosed their prices on their websites, and  24 of them failed to fully disclose prices even after an email and a phone call.

One of the regions was Mercer County here in New Jersey. There, the cost for a full-service funeral ranged from a low of $3,710 to a high of $6,605. A simple immediate burial ranged from $850 on the low end to $4,040 on the high end.

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