Monday, April 6, 2009

Escaping the High Cost of Dying

Miami Herald has another take on the way the recession is hurting funeral homes. Funerals typically cost $7,000 - $8,000 and more and more, customers are cutting back and looking for alternatives. So the funeral directors are cutting budgets, but cutting electricity for refrigeration? Not a good idea.

A funeral home owned by Service Corporation International is being of accused of mishandling hundreds of veteran's bodies while they await burial at Arlington National Cemetery. They were left in unrefrigerated garage, hallways, and on makeshift gurneys. A former embalmer, Steven Napper has given his photographs and notes to authorities. All the gory details + pics are here.

It's not surprising that there has been a big uptick in interest in alternatives to what has become known as the traditional funeral. Increasingly people are cutting costs by choosing cremation, home funerals, green burials, and other alternatives.

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