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Connections: The high cost of dying

Apr 30, 2018

According to the Economist, the average American funeral with a burial costs about $9,000. Families navigating the process of putting a loved one to rest may not know about their options, and while under emotional stress, may be persuaded into high-cost funerals that can lead to financial ruin. Some say they are even ripped off. But that’s changing. With technology, competition, the decline of religion, and more, families are starting to pursue different, cost-saving options.

This hour, we discuss how the funeral industry is changing, and we hear what one man learned about the process after losing his mother. In studio:

  • Kent Gardner, chief economist with the Center for Governmental Research 
  • Josh Miller, co-owner of Miller Funeral and Cremation Services
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