Funeral costs continue to rise

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The cost of burying a loved one continues to grow every year.

Heather Quinn’s cousin died unexpectedly at the age of 34.

With no prearrangements, the family had to move fast with planning his funeral.

“It was very inhumane the way my cousin was laid to rest,” she said.

After an unpleasant and troubling experience, Quinn said she wants others to learn from what her family went through.

Since the year 2000, the average funeral cost has climbed by more than $2,000, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.

But there are ways people can save heartache, time and even money — like shopping around for the right funeral home.

Andrew Cumby’s family runs a funeral home in High Point and said most places offer a wide range of services.

Cumby said people can pick and choose what’s important for their service down to the smallest detail.