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Americans Sell Burial Plots, Scale Back Funerals

The economy has become a concern for people deciding on their final resting place.

Experts say mounting financial pressures are prompting Americans to sell their cemetery plots for cash, arrange less-formal funerals and consider cremations as a more affordable alternative.

Bob Ward, who runs a Web business that advertises burial plots, says people are now blatant about their reasons for selling plots, which cost between $1,500 and $4,000 on average.

Financially squeezed families that are going ahead with burial plans are opting for less formal services.

The Casket & Funeral Supply Association of America said sales of mahogany, copper and bronze caskets -- which can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 -- are on the decline.

Instead, low-end metal caskets can be purchased for about $1,000 and the most basic pressboard, wooden caskets go for around $400.


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