Graveyard deals: The hidden costs of burial


Source: Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press (USA Today)

Experts warn some interment fees can exceed the cost of the cemetery plots.

Many consumers are shocked to discover that they owe thousands of dollars in extra costs, such as fees to open and close the grave and buy a vault, according to Holly Shreve Gilbert, the interim president for the Funeral Consumer Information Society in Michigan. 

Most, but not all, cemeteries require you to purchase a grave liner, which will cost several hundred dollars," too, according to the Federal Trade Commission's report on "Buying a Cemetery Site."

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