A family member is killed in a work-related accident. It's a tragic event that has a dramatic emotional impact on your family, but you also know that you need to take some time to think about the financial realities of the situation. How much is that funeral going to cost?
Experts note that the average funeral in the modern day comes in at around $11,000.
This begins with a professional services fee that can cost around $2,000. This just covers the base costs for the staff, the venue, and the like.
On top of that, you could pay a few hundred dollars for transportation for your loved one's remains. Body preparation and embalming services can add approximately $1,000 on top of that.
There's another cost you can't avoid unless you choose to have the body cremated: the casket. This can cost as much as $2,395. Services to open up the grave, lower the casket, and close it again may cost anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000. Buying a gravestone to put at the head of the grave could run you anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000.
Of course, these are just average costs. There is some flexibility in many areas. However, even if you get the costs down, if your loved one didn't leave money behind to pay for the funeral, you're going to have to come up with thousands of dollars.
This isn't to take away from the emotions of the situation. However, if you're looking into your rights to financial compensation, this shows that it isn't a good idea to overlook the funeral costs.
Source: Huffington Post, "This Is How Much An Average Funeral Costs," Jim T. Miller, accessed June 30, 2017