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How do you handle the costs of a wrongful death funeral?

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Posted on January 6, 2023

Many people do not make the time to plan for their funeral expenses. This even includes those that already handled their estate planning. For those who die as a result of an accident, it is unlikely there is money set aside to handle the costs.

Your family may attempt to raise the funds for a funeral through car washes or helpful donations. Whether you have recently lost a loved one or are anticipating the risks, knowing the cost of a funeral may help you understand what to ask for when pursuing a wrongful death claim after the fact.

Breaking down the costs

The national median cost of an adult funeral ranged between $6,970 and $7,848 in 2021, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. This includes several non-negotiable services such as:

  • Services fees
  • Removal and transfer of remains
  • Use of facilities

Other expenses may add or subtract from the median. The state of Illinois does not require embalming but many funeral homes require one in the case of an open casket service. The main difference between the two national medium estimates is whether you opt for a cremation or burial.

Pursuing your compensation

Wrongful death is a shock to your emotions and finances, no matter how it occurred. It incurs medical expenses, funeral expenses and leaves you with a loss that is difficult for anyone to move past. Each of these expenses is just another stressor.

There is more information and resources for you to lean on in this difficult time as you pursue fair compensation for your loss.