Medicine: Funeral Costs

U. S. funerals continue extravagant, the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care reminded the country last week. Original investigation occurred three years ago. Reasons for extravagance: 1) the family wants to show respect, satisfy conventions, or "impress the neighbors"; 2) the funeral industry is wasteful and unorganized. Funerals cost least in the South, most in the East. Cheapest are Orthodox Jewish funerals (a pit, a plain, loose casing), average cost $247.

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