Don’t burden others with burial expenses. Funerals can be expensive, and if you don’t have the savings to meet those costs, that burden gets shifted to others.
Here are a few ways to save your loved ones money for your funeral:
Opt for a green burial
In a typical green burial, the body is not cremated, prepared with chemicals, or buried in a concrete vault. It is simply placed in a biodegradable container and interred in a gravesite to decompose fully and return to nature.
Cremations are known to be much more cost-effective as there are no gravesite fees, caskets, cemetery fees, or headstones involved.
Alsol,cremations are better for the environment as there is no land needed and no space required.
Choosing cremation is not exclusive to having a “traditional” funeral. There can be a post-cremation burial for the urn containing the ashes, and the only notable difference from a traditional burial is the size of the vessel being buried.
Consider whole-body donation
Whole body donation is not organ and tissue donation. It is a form of non-transplant anatomical donation made with a medical or scientific program. Typically, with whole body donation authorization is completed prior to death on behalf of the individual or by next of kin on behalf of the individual.
Selecting an affordable casket or urn
There are also government programs your family can look into, especially if you’ve been receiving benefits. You don’t necessarily need to worry about what happens to your body if you can’t afford a funeral. Signing a form at the county coroner can authorize the release of your body to the state or county for burial or cremation. It may be possible to pay a fee to recover your ashes if your family would like them.
If you’re concerned about the future and whether or not you’ll have enough in your estate to cover the costs of your funeral, you may want to consider a life insurance policy or a burial insurance policy.