As Funeral Costs Rise, Know How to Save

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Local Company Shares Four Ways to Save on the Rising Costs of Funerals and Memorials

The cost of funerals and burials has been on the rise for the last four years. While there is an inevitability to the often emotional and overwhelming process of dealing with funerals, online urn retailer Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns offers ways to save money while not compromising on the integrity of the memorial.

According to data from the National Funeral Director’s Association, average funeral prices have more than doubled since 1991 and have risen more than $400 on average in the past four years alone.

Melody Jamali, president and founder of Une Belle Vie, gives these suggestions to reduce the cost of the funeral process:

1.    Cremation Over Traditional Burial: You can still have a meaningful memorial without the traditional funeral. The average cost of a funeral in 2010 was $7,755 (for a basic funeral that does not include cemetery costs, a marker or flowers) while the average cost of cremation in 2010 was between $800-$2,000. Choosing cremation and avoiding the casket and burial can save a family more than $5,000.
2.    Plan ahead: When a loved one passes, planning a funeral is often a stressful situation where families are rushed to make decisions. If a person plans ahead for their funeral, they have time to shop for the best prices, purchase certain items in advance (such as burial plots, urns and caskets), and make decisions with a clear head.
3.    Price Shop Online: This may sound strange or almost morbid to do in your time of grief, but shopping online can save you thousands.
4.    Going Green: This is the new trend in saving money, conserving land and protecting the environment. Green funerals often include cremation, low cost materials and a ‘minimalist’ attitude, which saves money on flowers, elaborate caskets, burial plots and embalming costs.

“These tips may sound simple, but many people don’t know there are pricing options outside of the traditional funeral home,” said Jamali. “Funeral prices are only going to continue to rise, so it is even more important to know your options, plan in advance and make the choices you would like for your funeral.”

About Une Belle Vie
Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns is a Denver, Colorado-based company focusing on providing a supportive and informed experience whether families are planning for the future or coping with the passing of a loved one. Their online community and urn store offer artisan-crafted, decorative cremation urns in a variety of materials designed to celebrate life and personality, and offer fitting memorials for those we love. Visit their community of caring online via Facebook and their continuously updated library of educational articles at their cremation blog.

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