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What could an unexpected funeral cost you?

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2022 | Wrongful Death

In the event of a wrongful death, there are a lot of pieces to pick up and not much direction to help navigate such a traumatic time. There are, however, checkpoints you have to hit. Being prepared with information is one of the better ways to get through these checkpoints smoothly.

One of those checkpoints is having to come up with the cost of a funeral when it was the last thing on your mind.

Median funeral costs in Minnesota

According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the median cost of a funeral in the West North Central region of the US ranges between $7,560 and $8,500. This depends mainly on whether you and your family plan for a cremation or burial.

This cost may vary quite a bit depending on how you choose to remember your loved one. Usual costs include basic services from the funeral home, preparation for the body, and the transfer of remains from place to place. Embalming may be optional but many funeral homes require it for open caskets. Some cemeteries require cement vaults for burials, which may add around $1,500 to the final costs.

Additional costs

Depending on the state of your loved one, there may be some need for reconstructive surgery if you wish to have an open casket. Services for cremation may require a rental casket if you have a viewing prior to the cremation.

All of this comes at a significant and sudden cost to you and your family, both financially and emotionally. Understanding your options for recovering compensation in the wake of wrongful death may help you move through this time of grief more easily.