Illinois man says his discount caskets are good for working people
An Illinois funeral director is offering bargains for working stiffs. Jeff Burch says death shouldn't separate someone from a great deal. And he says he's tired of seeing inflated prices at some funeral homes.
So he's trying to provide dignified yet fairly priced burials for people who don't have a lot of money. Burch's average cost for a casket and funeral service runs less than three-thousand dollars -- about half the average amount a consumer in Illinois pays to a funeral home. He says he knows how it feels to make arrangements for someone without money. When his sister died, she was a single parent and left three children, had no insurance and no savings. Burch isn't alone in the discount funeral business these days.