Funeral Planning and Costs after a Fatal Truck Accident

Tim Miley
Injury Lawyer, Author, & Owner of The Miley Legal Group

If a truck accident has killed your loved one, it can feel overwhelming to now face funeral planning. Dealing with the tragedy of sudden loss is difficult enough without having to undertake what can feel like a monumental task. The following are a few tips on funeral planning. 

Funeral Planning Tips

Without time to prepare, it can feel like you have to make too many decisions all at once. Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of family and friends. If your loved one’s final wishes are known, any efforts to meet those wishes can aid in the healing process.

Some people include in their final wishes:

  • the type of service (burial or cremation);
  • selection of casket; and
  • location and arrangement of the service.

If you’re overwhelmed, consider delegating certain tasks to others. This can eliminate the burden of feeling responsible for everything. For instance, you may ask other family members to handle informing others of the location and details of the service and arranging accommodations for out-of-town relatives while you handle things with the funeral home.

In addition to the funeral service, other areas that need to be addressed include:

  • transportation (funeral coach, limousine);
  • participants (eulogy, pallbearers); and
  • cemetery (location, plot, headstone, etc.).

Set aside a couple hours to make a checklist of things you have to do. This can help you ensure you cover everything and also keep things more ordered so you don’t feel overwhelmed trying to remember everything as you go. You might even consider making a schedule for your planning to break everything down so you’re not worried about finishing on time.

Overview of Funeral Costs

According to information from eFuneral, an online resource that helps families plan funerals, the average cost of a funeral in 2012 was about $3,700 for cremation and more than $8,000 for burial. Of course, this depends on the services and selections that the family makes during the planning process. There are many ways that family can save money in order to keep costs reasonable.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when a negligent driver or trucking company caused the individual’s death, funeral expenses may be recoverable through a wrongful death claim, with which the Miley Legal Group can assist.

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