How Much Does It Cost to Die: Research Shows 827 Percent Increase in Last 50 Years

Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns and iMortuary release enlightening infographic
By: Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns
July 16, 2013 - PRLog -- Today, Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns (, in partnership with iMortuary (, released an infographic revealing how much funerals, memorials, cremations and other death care options cost from 1960 to 2010. The research revealed that funeral costs have increased 827 percent in the last 50 years.

The research tapped resources such as the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), the National Funeral Director’s Association (NFDA),, and information pulled directly from iMortuary’s funeral database. The infographic not only explored the monetary costs of funerals and cremation, but also addressed environmental impact as well.

“The increase in costs seems dramatic, but these days, people have more options when selecting a memorial for themselves or a family member,” said Melody Jamali, president and founder of Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns. “By using sites like iMortuary, Une Belle Vie and many more, consumers can now research their desired options before even stepping foot into the funeral home. This can save them money, but also make sure they select the options that will best memorialize their loved one.”

The infographic includes the following facts:

·      827 percent funeral cost increase from 1960 to 2010

·      87 percent of families can’t afford an unexpected funeral

·      $1,800 or more can be saved by pre-arranging a funeral

·      There are more than 22,500 cemeteries in the US

“Funeral planning in a “crisis mode” creates emotional and financial turmoil for the vast majority of families,” said Minda Brusse, principal of iMortuary. “For this reason, we continually advocate for advance funeral planning, and the funeral homes we endorse all provide pre-planning services.”  

For more information, and to view the infographic, please visit:

About Une Belle Vie

Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns ( is a Denver, Colorado-based company focusing on providing a supportive and informed experience, whether families are planning for the future or coping with the passing of a loved one.  Their online community and urn store offer artisan-crafted, decorative cremation urns in a variety of materials designed to celebrate life and personality and offer fitting memorials for those we love. Visit their community of caring and their continuously updated library of educational articles at their cremation blog.


IMortuary is one of the most visited funeral home and cemetery directories on the Internet with over 150,000 consumers each month. Founded in 2007, the company is based in Seattle, Washington. The company provides funeral planning resources for consumers through a comprehsive directory, resource guides, and a professional funeral home helpline. Their consumer-oriented funeral blog offers frequent articles on funeral planning and death-related matters.  All funeral homes and cemeteries can claim their Forever Free Basic Listing™ to add their website link and a business description.
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