Funeral Secrets: What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know When Planning A Funeral

We know it’s supposed to be a jolly time of year right now and we hate to be a downer (we'll publish more uplifting stories soon), but studies in the past have shown there tend to be more deaths during the holiday season, largely due to stress. Even putting that aside, it always helps to plan ahead, especially given that you probably won’t be in your right mind on the dreaded day when you need to make most of your decisions. So we compiled some of the most serious complaints, faulty practices and horror stories about funeral homes and cemeteries across the country. Ultimately, though some of the issues on this list are impossible to foresee, many of these problems can be avoided simply by planning ahead. Funerals are one of the largest investments the average American consumer makes, according to the Federal Trade Commission. “A traditional funeral, including a casket and vault, costs about $6,000, although "extras" like flowers, obituary notices, acknowledgment cards or limousines can add thousands of dollars to the bottom line. Many funerals run well over $10,000.” If you are concerned or have a serious problem, we suggest you contact the Funeral Ethics Association or the National Funeral Directors Association. Photo Credit: edenpictures