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Funerals can be very expensive, with the average funeral in the United States costing several thousand dollars. The average cost of a funeral can vary greatly by location. That being said, there are practical ways to save on costs without being "cheap". One of the most difficult factors in controlling costs for a funeral is feeling guilty by not paying more or going with the "best" option. However, the suggestions below will show that you can spend less and get more by being savvy.
Bereavement flights are the special reduced rate that airlines offer to relatives of someone who has died or is very sick. They may also offer discounts for family emergencies. While many airlines offer bereavement fares, some do not. You should always remember to look at the terms and conditions of your flight in case there are any restrictions or fine print, such as document requirements (you may be required to provide a death certificate) or cancellation policies.
A direct cremation is a disposition option (method treating a deceased's body) in which the deceased's body is cremated and the cremated remains (ashes or cremains) are returned to family members. Direct cremations have become steadily more popular as an option in recent years due to their cost and the freedom it gives the family to have less formal funeral services or celebration-of-life gatherings.
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