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The average funeral in the United States costs $6,500, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. The true sum can easily reach $10,000 once a burial plot, flowers and other costs are included, the AARPsays. You needn't go into debt in order to honor the dead, however. In many parts of the country, a loved one can be laid to rest with dignity for less than $800, by choosing cremation and using creativity. Even those who favor a traditional funeral and burial can save hundreds or thousands of dollars by taking a few simple steps.
Originally posted by Signals
I'm Building My Own Casket
Originally posted by jackflap
You have no idea how acquainted I am with funeral costs. Anyway, I agree with you. Build your own casket. Have a family member with a pickup truck take you to the cemetery. The costs of these funerals are out of control.
Originally posted by MayorOfCydonia
Can't you just be buried in your own backyard? If so many people bury their pets in their backyards, then why not their relatives? They wouldn't need to travel so far to visit their graves.
Originally posted by daddio
I hate going to the cemetary, long travel, I want to dig my wife up every time I go.
The coffins are designed to represent an aspect of the dead person’s life — such as a car if they were a driver, a fish if their livelihood was the sea — or a sewing machine for a seamstress. They might also symbolize a vice — such as a bottle of beer or a cigarette.