“You can’t die Nowadays because it is very expensive, ”said Randy Hinojosa Says Time Last year. After dying of coronavirus, Hinojosa paid only ,000 15,000 for the funeral of his 26-year-old wife. Like thousands of families who have borne the brunt of an unexpected epidemic, he has drained his savings and On A crowdfunding campaign to make up for some of the losses. “I didn’t want to ask anyone for money,” Hinojosa cried. “I was so proud that I could do it.”
The epidemic, which has killed and numbered 90,000 Americans, hastened the importance of the dignified nature of the dead – and the incapable of doing business in the current system. In 2019, the average cost of a funeral was 9,135, According to the National Funeral Directors Association. These included visits and burials, but the cemetery space is not declining or large ticket items such as monuments and other grave markers. Even crematoriums have been promoted for decades as a cheap (and green) alternative to burial Average $ 6,645
These practices are not only financially destructive, they are also environmentally catastrophic. In addition to human remains, traditional tombstones are given Approximate 1.6 million tons of reinforced concrete and 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde – a chemical used in embellishing and a potential carcinogen – on Earth each year. Crematorium, meanwhile, produces a Approximate 534..6 pounds of carbon dioxide per capita – more than Afghanistan’s per capita emissions.
Funeral services in the United States have contributed to the crisis of the economy, the last of these harsh lives, says Victoria J. Hanman, A professor at Creton University School of Law, Nebraska. Funeral poverty existed long before the epidemic and without significant reforms in the funeral industry and national and local funeral aid systems, many families will continue to struggle with growing credit card debt and new personal loans in their crushing grief.
In the worst case scenario, people will be forced to leave their loved ones in the county custody, where sheriffs, medical examiners, social workers, civil servants and others will cremate or bury the bodies. In the United States, as many Percent0 percent of the body Every year is kept unclaimed, with economic inequality, opioid epidemics and pandemics reported to be on the rise.
Although the United States has the resources to guarantee everyone a proper burial, they are not evenly distributed. “We shouldn’t normalize 9,000 as the average cost of a funeral,” Hanman said. “It’s not just flashy, it’s completely unnecessary.”
For the most part In American history, people die at home, where they are cared for by loved ones. The women of the community prepared the bodies, and the men made caskets. This began to change with the Civil War, where deaths occurred on remote battlefields. The entrepreneurial Mortisans later Embalming to popularize, A conservation strategy that allows families to send long-distance corpses so that those who die can be buried where they lived.
Today, death is a $ 20 billion industry. (It is similar Total revenue In 2019 for the global music business, or the market for it Meat substitutes.) In its most corporate and reprehensible form, it is largely characterized by unspecified value, including the higher the markups. 500 percent In the casket. It has been defined by decades of resistance to innovation, even People’s attitude towards death Moved in 2015, for example, a funeral aggregate Approximate That for every 1 percent of its customers who choose a crematorium, the company has lost about 10 10 million – a “problem” that some mortals often try to solve by selling unnecessary services and products, from pre-crematoria to glamorous urns.
Where many communities were once served by small mom-and-pop funeral shops, Death-Care landscapes have transformed into shareholder-driven companies. Service Corporation International is the largest funeral service provider in North America, with a portfolio of more than 1,500 funerals and 500 cemeteries. 16 percent Overall market share. Instead of slashing prices, SCI’s prices are 47 to 72 percent higher than its competitors 2017 report The funeral is sponsored by the Consumer Alliance. The only people who don’t think they are investors are the ones who run out of stock 151 percent Thanks to more than five years of large-scale funeral efforts, the industry retains exclusive rights in later life – and this determines the value of human death.