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Costs, convenience, wishes of deceased affect funeral decisions

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Dayton (Ohio) Daily News
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Consumers typically spend more on funerals than any other one-time purchase except a home or vehicle.

The average cost of an adult funeral in 2009 was $6,560, a 17.5 percent increase from 2004, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.

The bill can exceed $10,000 when added to it are vaults, limousines, obituaries, flowers and other burial costs.

But cremation, with a basic urn and limited memorial service, on average costs about $1,650, according to the Cremation Association of North America. The price of interment also tends to be considerably less.

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