Few South Africans are truly prepared for death, or the passing of a loved one. With no plans in place, funeral costs could skyrocket. So, how much does the average funeral cost?
Death and dying are viewed through a kaleidoscope of lenses. It doesn’t just happen to you, it also happens to those who you leave behind. It’s emotional, spiritual and physical. It brings pain, grief, confusion and panic – and sometimes even relief, or peace, or the sense that we’re all connected to something greater. No matter the circumstances which surround our death, one factor remains constant in this modern age.
It’s expensive to die.
Preparation for the end, having that time to put those steps in place, is a luxury many people never had access to. Because, as we all know, the worst could happen at any time.
The opportunity to ease that financial burden, with regards to the funeral service, burial/cremation and the settlement of outstanding debt, should certainly not be taken for granted.
Of course, in South Africa, there is no real legal requirement to have a funeral at all. Customarily, however, a ceremony should still be held to honour the life which has passed. How much money all of this will end up costing you depends upon a variety of factors, such as the person’s religion, beliefs or final wishes.
Religion, culture and beliefs play a large role. These will dictate matters such as the method of laying that person to rest, the timeframe in which it needs to take place, the location, whether or not they were an organ donor and so on and so forth. Understandably, this can all become quite overwhelming.
Planning a funeral comes with a long checklist. Luckily, a funeral home will be able to assist you and recommend a variety of options. Because affordability plays such a big role in the way we say goodbye to our loved ones, we decided to take a look at the average cost of a funeral these days, should you not have any estate, plans or policies in place.