If you recently lost a loved one due to the negligence or carelessness of others, you must deal with end-of-life of affairs. One such affair is the funeral.
A funeral requires careful planning and financial preparation. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the average cost of a funeral so that you can know for how much to ask when you do file a claim for wrongful death.
The average cost of a funeral
According to The Zebra, the nationwide average funeral cost is $8,000. In Louisiana, that cost is only slightly lower, at $7,334. If your loved one wished for cremation over the traditional burial, you can expect to pay about $1,000 less, at $6,405.
If you think these numbers are high, you are not alone. In just the past five years alone, the average cost of a funeral has gone up by 8%, and analysts anticipate that it will only rise even more in the coming years.
Factors that affect funeral costs
To understand why funerals are so costly, it may help to understand what costs contribute to the overall total. Below is a breakdown of the common funeral expenses:
- Service fee for the funeral: $2,300
- Casket cost: $2,500-$3,000, depending on whether you choose metal or wood
- Cremation and urn: $663
- Cosmetic and embalming costs: $1,050
- Funeral plot cost: $1,500-$3,500, depending on whether the plot is in a public or private cemetery
These are just the common expenses. Depending on your family’s and loved one’s preferences, you may also accrue fees for a service vehicle, hearse, flowers, vault, printed materials and more.
Funerals can quickly become costly. For this reason, it is imperative that, should you lose a loved one unexpectedly and due to the wrongful actions of another party, you keep track of your funeral expenses so you can recoup the total via a wrongful death claim.