Rethinking family funerals in the wake of a weak economy?
AJC reporter Dan Chapman finds that the economy is prompting families to search for cheaper ways to bury loved ones — namely cremations.
At the same time, tombstone carvers in Elberton, coffin salesmen in Atlanta and cemetery managers in Rome are suffering the consequences, Chapman writes.
“Before, if you had a $25,000 insurance policy on Uncle Bob, you would spend every dime to make sure he had a good funeral and the biggest monument possible,” Doy Johnson, executive vice president of the Elberton Granite Association, told Chapman. “In today’s economy, when Uncle Bob passes away, chances are you’ll spend $750 on cremation and put the other $24,250 in the bank.”
Johnson estimates that headstone and monument sales are off about 15 percent since the recession started in late 2007, Chapman writes. Meanwhile, a generational shift toward cremation that was already underway is getting a boost.
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