The afterlife: Options abound

The afterlife: Options abound

People are increasingly moving away from traditional casket and funeral
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“The whole ceremonial experience, it isn’t for the person who died. It’s for the comfort of the living,” said Ryan Phelps, owner of Hood Mortuary, of the rituals of death. The National Funeral Directors Association calculated the average adult funeral cost at $7,775 in 2010, but that does not include the cemetery costs and a headstone.
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Rob Hahn works on a headstone at Family Craft Memorials. The business has noticed a trend recently – people are moving away from marble headstones because they are too costly.
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Rob Hahn, left, and his son, Brian Hahn, install the foundation before adding the granite base and tablet at Greenmount Cemetery.
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