How Can I Avoid the High Cost of a Funeral?

January 22, 2020 10:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Funeral costs can quickly grow to be quite expensive, and not all people leave behind money in their estate dedicated to covering the costs of a funeral service. It’s understandable to not want to have to allocate a significant amount of money to covering funeral costs.

If you still want to have some sort of service in memory of your loved one, but also want to keep costs low, there are some steps you can take to accomplish this. Here’s a quick overview of some cost-saving strategies for funeral services in Chicago, IL:

  • Choose cremation: Cremation is much less expensive than traditional burial, because it doesn’t involve embalming and costs for caskets, burial plots and headstones. Many people are choosing cremation over burial these days for cost-saving concerns. In fact, more people are being cremated than ever before.
  • Skip embalming: If you do decide to go with a burial, you can skip the embalming process. There aren’t any laws that require you to be embalmed, so you can either ask if refrigeration is an option if you’re going to have a quick funeral, or simply have a closed-casket funeral. You can get some major savings as a result, as the embalming process costs hundreds of dollars.
  • Donate the body: You also have the option of donating the body to a medical school or other scientific research facility. This will cut out burial and cremation costs, and be a positive contributor to medical research. In many cases, universities and hospitals will return cremated remains to the family at the conclusion of the study, which generally will last a year or two.
  • Shop around for caskets: Don’t feel like you have to buy a casket or urn directly from the funeral home you’re working with. Oftentimes, people are able to find caskets or urns much cheaper from third-party vendors. You might even have someone in your family who’s interested in making an urn if they are craft enthusiast, such as a woodworker or pottery maker.
  • Skip the traditional funeral: The funeral can be whatever you want to make of it. If you’re planning your own estate, you can leave behind instructions for the kind of memorial service you want. You can skip the big church funeral with the flowers and formality and instead opt for something simple and inexpensive at your own home, outdoors or at a favorite gathering place. The memorial can be whatever you want to make of it. Have a potluck cookout, a tea session or just a gathering of friends to share memories and swap stories.

These are just a few examples of some of the best ways you can cut down on what can quickly become some exorbitant fees for funeral services in Chicago, IL. For more information about the services we provide and to get quotes about some of their costs, we encourage you to contact Marik-Baken Funeral Services Ltd. today. We will be happy to answer any questions you have for our funeral service team.

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