Traditional Burials

Have you made burial plans?

Traditional burials can run close to $10,000 or more. Let’s examine some of the costs. Going through a funeral home can cost you $1,500. This includes the fee for a director, staff, and death certificates. If you want to prepare the body for viewing, it’s another $1,500, plus the cost of a casket. Now this is where things get really pricey. That’s why preplanning can save you from making a costly emotional decision.

The Bible says our bodies are returning to dust. Why not opt for a simple wood, wicker, or cardboard box, depending on acceptability at specific burial grounds? Gravesites can cost $2,500 to cover the actual plot, digging the hole and supplying a grave liner. Then, there’s the cost of a headstone or grave marker. Those average $1,500. ‘Green’ cemeteries require biodegradable materials. Embalming is not allowed, nor is the casket covered by a concrete vault. Many opt to mark graves with trees, plants, or field stones. A survey by the National Funeral Directors Association found that nearly 54% of Americans are considering a green burial.

Now those of us who are in Christ will receive a new body. As the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:1, “… we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” S0 until he calls us home, let’s steward our bodies wisely along with the resources He provides. 

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