It often pays to shop around when it comes to the purchase of burial, cremation and funeral services. When a loved ones dies, it is normally a very emotionally difficult time to be making significant financial decisions, and the funeral industry knows this. It turns out that pricing information is only required by law to be given out if requested over the phone or in person, so pricing is often not easily obtained or comparable. But, as the following New York Times article states, comparison shopping may be well worth the effort as the prices discovered will likely vary widely for the same or comparable products and services. Of course, another option is to pre-plan for these services so you can avoid the stress on your family from these issues.
Funeral Prices Are Hard to Get and Vary Widely, Survey Finds – New York TImes