Wise Bread is one of my favorite blogs because it is so interesting. My case in point is a recent post from one of their bloggers on DIY funerals. The writer breaks down how a low-budget funeral can add up to $8,000. Then he suggests a few alternatives, including making your own coffin.
Oh. My. Goodness.
What do you think? Would you hold a DIY funeral?
Readers have also suggested other low cost options for those who don’t want to spend money on a funeral. One of the options I found particularly interesting is donating your body to science.
Normally, when you donate your body to science, it is to either a donor program or medical school. Whomever you choose to donate your body to, usually takes responsibility for the handling and cost of the cremation and the burial that eventually occurs. Families are often able to choose between having the remains buried at the school or returned to the family.
When you donate your body you are helping train surgeons and doctors. You body can even help aid in discovering new cures for diseases. This is obviously another great reason to donate your body, besides just the lower funeral cost.
The main problem I have with this is that the family is not given the option of holding a service where the body is present. For this reason, I’m not sure I’d be able to agree to this option. Even if I donated my body to science, I’m pretty positive that my family would still be interested in having a funeral service, so I’m not sure how much this would really cut costs.
Besides holding a DIY yourself funeral or donating your body to science there are other options to cut down on funeral costs. You could:
1) Ask funeral goers to refrain from sending flowers and instead ask for cash gifts sent to the deceased favorite charity or even to be pun in the deceased’s children’s college funds etc. Asking for cash gifts has become much more common. I have been to two funerals where this has been the case.
2) Hold a memorial service without the frills. Instead of paying the funeral home, make your own photo boards or video. You can also have family members speak instead of a priest or minister to cut costs.
How would you cut funeral costs?