The Cost of Living and Dying Isn't Free

Funerals can often times become a burden for families, especially when it comes to cost.

It is tough for families when a loved one dies, but it can be tougher when families’ struggle paying for funeral costs.

Kilty Brown from Central Wyoming Hospice told News 13, “People have to make serious choices in this community about how they're going to live, how they're going to retire, and how they're going to care for their loved ones.”

Wyoming funeral costs are between $6,000 and $7,000 just below the national average.

Costs include picking a burial plot and casket.

Funeral directors say families are surprised when they see the prices.

Joey Casada at Bustard’s Funeral Home said, “We want to make sure we can afford what we want. So cost is always a concern for a lot of families. Just keeping the funeral services they want within their budget.”

The state will pay up to $5,000 for a funeral, but only if they meet certain criteria.

Funeral directors say it is not enough for families, but there are steps we can take to lower the bill.

"There are a lot of options other than going top dollar across the board.

There are a lot of options for families that are seeking burial or cremation. There are a lot of options that exist that allow them to still do what they want to do and keep the cost down more so they can afford it."

These are some ways families won’t break the bank while saying goodbye.

Casada says the best way to cover funeral costs is to pre-plan and save money now.