Top 4 Ways to Reduce Funeral Costs

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How can a family bring down funeral costs for a loved one? Here are four top ways, tried and true. Enacting even one of these can save you thousands.

First off, this PSA is brought to you by Piedmont Pine Coffins. We make green-manufactured pine coffins (actually, rectangular caskets, to be precise), and we help families control funeral costs — naturally.

1. Home burial. Yes, bury on your own land. An option for those with rural acreage. Call 919-357-1166 and we’ll pass on a few important tips. For example, whom do you call at the county office to get pre-approval? Don’t wait: You want pre-approval for this. Estimated reduction in funeral costs: $2000

2. Cremate. Not for everyone, but the flexibility you have here is desirable. If you combine this with #1 above (i.e., bury or scatter the ashes at home or another place of your choosing), you can hold the funeral for around $1000 total. Estimated funeral savings: $3000

3. Home funeral. It’s still perfectly legal, and the good folks from the National Home Funeral Alliance can show you how. If you’re confused about this term, it simply means holding the funeral in your own home. You can even (easily) handle all the preparations of the body yourself in the traditional manner passed down through the ages from pre-Biblical times until now. It is a profound and engaging practice that many families say helps the healing begin. Estimated reduction in funeral costs: $2000

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4. Build the coffin. Get easy plans for $5 from us at Piedmont Pine Coffins. Use “edge-glued panel” from Lowes for a superfast and good-looking build. (If you’d like, we’ll build one of these for you for $500.) Estimated funeral savings: $1000.

Of course, you could also buy one of our hand-made coffins, built without power tools from locally-sourced materials, for under $1200, and there are good reasons to make that your decision, too. However, that’s a subject for a future blog post. 🙂

For centuries, humans have honored their dead by sometimes literally pouring money into the ground with them, and I can see how that is a sign of respect. But please know that in 2016 you can honor your dead with word and song, with inexpensive flowers, touching tributes, and handmade coffins, all the while resting easy in the knowledge that you controlled funeral costs.

For the living, may grief yield to healing, and godspeed the adventure beyond for our dear departed loved ones!