Learn about the costs of funerals, how to plan an inexpensive funeral, and how a green funeral can be good for the Earth and save you money.
Traditional caskets are now available online, and the plain pine box has given way to simple designs with character, craftsmanship and handmade charm.
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Formal or simple? Expensive or modest? Today's consumers have many options when it comes to funeral expenses and the types of services they choose.
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Monks at New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, Iowa, have been making caskets for 150 years, using logs from the abbey's own forest. New Melleray offers a range of prices: The shaped pine casket (first image) costs about $650. Shipping costs from $60-$150.
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One bromide of the funeral trade still holds true: funerals are for the living - all the more reason to plan ahead and make the process as easy as possible for those making decisions.
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For those who prefer burial, a funeral home is usually involved, though a backyard burial may be an option, rather than one in a cemetery.
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As a less expensive alternative to burial, cremation has grown in popularity in recent years.
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Webcaskets is one of several online sources for caskets of various prices delivered to your door. The company offers standard and customized caskets, some with a humorous touch. This casket, `Sunset,' sells for $1,995.