Skip to comments.More Americans Are Forgoing $10,000 Funerals Than Ever Before (Obama Depression)
Posted on 12/09/2011 2:16:19 PM PST by GlockThe Vote
A weakened economy has spurred Americans to revamp their household budgets from the ground up even in the afterlife.
With the average cost of a typical burial service hovering around the $10,000 mark, cremation has become the go-to burial practice for more than 41 percent of American deaths, The New York Times' Kevin Sack reports.
There are a number of factors that could be behind the spike in cremations, with budget restraints landing at the top of the list. According to the National Cremation Research Council, crematory services cost a little more than $1,100 on average a fraction of the cost of a full-blown burial.
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Going UP in smoke, hopefully!
Hopefully the entire Obama Admn gets cremated in 2012.
My special request is for my butt to be cremated and the ashes sprinkled into the ventilation systems of various institutions I have great disdain for. After that, well, I don’t really care, I’ll be dead.
I’m so sick of this thugocracy in DC. Obama is a communist pofs as are and is anyone voting for him.
Once the Catholic Church allowed cremation, funerals became much more affordable. The cost of space for an urn is much less than mausoleum space or a plot, and some people won’t even use that (though they’re supposed to).
Those suckers will burn down the WH if they get voted out.
Should be a lot less than a 1000.00. What a rip off.
That’ll kill the funeral industry, Morty! Bodies rotting on the streets. Others refusing to die to make room for newborns.
I know in my head that it really won't matter whether burned or buried but there's always that nagging thought that burns hurt like hell.
Choosing cremation. If I can’t afford it then put me in the bum cementary with a number. What do I care? I’m dead.
Is that the economy or people finally getting smart. Expensive funerals are dumber than expensive weddings, they’re dead, it’s too late to lavish them with stuff, go out to dinner someplace (I want my survivors to go someplace I don’t like, it’s a good acknowledgement that I’m gone), drink a toast to them, go mourn.
The funeral industry is one of the biggest rip-offs we have. One hundred year guarantees for a $12,000 box.
Who in the hell is going to check that out, my great great great grandson?
Strike a match and I’m done. Thank you very much!
I hope people soon come to their senses regarding the waste of such things.
Big pharma to follow the slide down as the old, mostly fully insured generation dies off, as millions in the private sector are left with little or no health insurance, or money.
The downside, of course, is you can't exhume the body more than a century later and see if they died of poisoning as they did with president Zachary Taylor, a distant cousin of mine.
burial at sea, sewn inside a hammock, how expensive could that be?
BTW, lets get rid of these stupid, dangerous funeral processions in traffic. They do nothing but cause accidents and create traffic chaos.
My in-laws in Spain described how their small family mausolems work; there are 2-3 drawers on each side, with men on one side and women on the other. The most recently deceased is put in the top drawer, while the bottom drawer is used for the accumulated remains of everyone else. if there is a middle drawer, it would be used for the second- most-recently decesaed.
Reminds me of one of my uncles, he demand a pine box and that he be naked, said he did not have anything on when he got here.
Makes the visitation a little awkward, doesn’t it?
A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi al Salam cemetery here by at least one-third in the past six months, and that's cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds.
My dad made the comment on not to waste much money on his funeral. My personal wish is a simple box, put my carcass in it and bury me and use some of the money to have a party afterward instead. Just bury me in my jeans and sweatshirt/t-shirt. No suite and don’t even bother embalming me.
> The funeral industry is one of the biggest rip-offs we have. One hundred year guarantees for a $12,000 box.
When it's all over, You'll be in clover, We'll go out and spend All your blue money, Blue money, honey... (Van Morrison)
I put that in my will and in my family trust directions. Why waste the money. I say spend the money down at the local bar where everybody can get embalmed in their own way.
Years ago we had our first cold night after burying a pet. I couldn’t sleep until I went out and put a blanket over the spot.
My kids still tease me about it.
I think most people are concerned about what will happen to their body after they die. Soylent Green and now they want to use corpses to produce electricity. I think most figure that there isn’t too many disgusting things the liberals can do with a can of ashes.
“My personal wish is a simple box, put my carcass in it and bury me and use some of the money to have a party afterward instead. Just bury me in my jeans and sweatshirt/t-shirt. No suite and dont even bother embalming me.”
Heck, I’d take a Hefty bag just to thumb my nose at the industry scammers. What’s the difference to me? Jeans & T-shirts might have value to someone, somewhere; just bury me in an obsolete Halloween costume (maybe one of those dice boxes?).
Having been raised around the Irish Catholics, I’ve always maintained that there should be an open bar at my wake. That way people can sit around and tell stories about what they _really_ thought about me.
My body shall rise uncorrupted no matter what is done with it.
Maybe I should can 2 jars of my piss and have instructions to pour it on the Obama and Clinton Libraries.
I agree 100%. It's part of our culture here in the ever-gracious South, but it needs to stop. A couple of decades ago, a funeral procession, with all the cars with their headlights on in daytime, could readily be identified (not that I thought funeral processions were a great idea, even then).
But now, with daytime driving lights standard equipment, and with many state laws mandating "headlights on" in the rain, it's increasingly difficult to recognize a funeral procession, which, by tradition, is allowed to proceed through red lights. But the escorting police car(s) can't be at every signal every time the side street gets a green light.
10 GRAND?! My uncle died recently. His body was flown from Fla. to Pa. for burial after being prepared and it cost 4,000 total, everything else included.
I told my friends to pour a bottle of fine single-malt scotch over my grave. They promised to do so, but being the great guys they are, they asked if I minded if they passed it though their kidneys first.
You betcha. Just take the backhoe down to the south 40. Git ‘r done!
My uncle used to love but she died E A A chicken ain't chicken 'til it's licken good and fried A D Keep on the sunny side E A My uncle used to love me but she died
Not in CA! The bare minimum is 5 times that easily.
“Is that the economy or people finally getting smart. “
Both. Like everything else it’s been going up fast. There is the funeral then there is the burial. Even if you bought the grave years ahead of time you will still get dinged a few grand to open it. People actually liked the idea of an ornate goodby ceremony but when they hear the cost vs cremation they decide to use the 10 grand for other things.
OMG, I bust a gut laughing!!
When I was born there wasn't much of a celebration. Neither should there be at my death.
Those who will really miss me should toss back a shot of good whisky.
Ha, thanks for posting that.
I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who does such things.
Urns $29.82 and up. Check out the Tower Clock Urn for $252.00
Caskets from $995.00 and up.