Could You Do a Funeral Yourself?

July 30, 2008 | | Comments 0

hearse dealerSince the 1990s, more and more people have been doing funerals for loved ones without the help of a licensed funeral director. Family members are taking a more active role in preparing the body of their deceased loved ones and they are getting more closure from the death as a result. For some, it’s a way to save money on the rising costs of funerals. For others, it’s a special way to tell your loved one “goodbye” one last time. Some people even express the desire to have family members take care of the situation if it’s possible.

Lisa Carlson is the President of the Funeral and Memorial Societies of America. Her husband recently passed away and she took the initiative to do a funeral for him. After doing some shopping around, she found a funeral home that took care of the embalming for $700. She also purchased a cardboard casket for $60. That’s much less than the typical funeral costs that include a tombstone and burial plot. Afterwards, she said she enjoyed doing this for her husband because it became more personal. As a result of her experiences, she created a handbook of local laws and permits for others who want to do this type of thing for their loved ones.

Would you be able to do something like this? Could you forget about the traditional funeral service and procession in a line of funeral cars to the cemetery? Or would you rather leave it to the professionals? We’d love to hear your comments or stories related to this topic.

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