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Paying For a Wrongful Death Funeral

Funerals provide family members and loved ones with a special time to remember, celebrate, and honor the life of someone they have lost. Unfortunately, funerals can also be one of the biggest expenses that families face in a difficult time.

According to a world population review, the average funeral can cost anywhere from $6,500 to $11,000. This price may not even be including additional elements to the service such as burial or purchasing a headstone. With those costs factored in, you may spend in excess of $11,000 on funeral expenses.

If your loved one has suffered a wrongful death, you could be legally entitled to compensation for all funeral expenses and more. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys near Cincinnati, Ohio are available to review your case and advise you on how to proceed with a wrongful death claim. Below we address some ways that you may cover that expense in the short term.

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Paying For a Funeral

There are different ways families are able to pay for the funeral expenses after their loved one has passed. Many families have a hard time setting or sticking to a budget when planning funerals as funerals often feel like a representation of your loved one’s life. Remember, the amount of money spent does not reflect the amount of love you had for your family member.


As people age, they may choose to start a funeral trust account. That approach helps families be proactive in setting aside funds to help cover the cost of their own funeral when they pass. The funds from this account become available to the funeral home once the trustee has shown proof of death. Individuals are also allowed to make advanced payments directly to funeral homes and cemeteries.
Prepaying allows individuals to not only have a say in how their funeral is planned but also eases the burden on their families and loved ones.

Through an Estate

Funeral costs can be paid using assets from the deceased’s estate. These funds, however, likely won’t be available at the time of the funeral so, in most cases, immediate costs will need to be paid out of pocket. Once the estate is settled the funeral costs can be fully reimbursed.

Paying Directly

In many instances, including a funeral resulting from a wrongful death, family and friends end up paying for funeral costs directly. Wrongful death is unexpected and often the deceased has not taken the time to plan for funeral expenses. We have encountered clients who utilized savings to pay for a family member’s funeral or who needed the help of a go fund me approach to cover their loved one’s funeral expenses.

In the event that no one can afford to pay for the funeral expenses the local government can step in and handle the arrangements. Unfortunately, this will likely be done in the quickest and most inexpensive way possible.

If your loved one was the victim of a personal injury that resulted in a wrongful death they deserve a proper funeral in their honor. As the loved ones are left to pick up the pieces, funeral expenses should be the least of their concerns. Contact The Richards Firm to discuss your wrongful death claim and pursue the compensation you may be owed.

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