When you lose a loved one as a result of an unexpected accident, there are dozens of administrative tasks you suddenly need to deal with around your grief. One of the most pressing is the arrangement and costs of a funeral.
Handling these costs immediately is difficult. Many families put on car washes or other fundraisers to help raise the thousands of dollars a funeral home needs before going forward with services. Understanding the usual cost of a funeral may help you understand what to ask for when seeking wrongful death compensation.
As the National Funeral Directors Association reported, the median cost of a funeral with viewing and burial is nearly $500 higher in 2021 as compared with 2016. While cremations are less expensive than a burial, the median cost of a funeral with viewing and cremation has risen by over $700 in the same timeframe.
Typical funeral services
Funeral homes charge for the transportation, preparation and presentation of your loved one. This involves hours of work with specialized chemicals. They typically offer custom memorial packages as well that vary between funeral homes. While Florida does not require embalmings, many funeral homes require it for open casket viewings.
The costs of a wrongful death
A wrongful death costs both financially and emotionally. Not only do you tackle the immediate costs like a funeral, but there are also indirect costs like loss of future income and mental anguish. When approaching these costs, it is important to learn more about your unique situation to better pursue fair compensation for wrongful death.