Local Funeral Homes Notice Cost Cutting

Caskets, flowers, and funeral services can all add up to be a big expense for loved ones -- and in these tough economic times some people aren't able to afford what they used to.

Some funeral home managers in Greenville say they're seeing a big shift in what their customers are buying. Esther Hannond, the general manager of Flanagan's Funeral Home in Greenville, says some families are trying to save money by cutting back on the little details such as buying less expensive caskets, choosing smaller flower displays or going with black and white programs instead of color. Others say they're considering cremations as the most cost effective option.

Hannond says not only has she seen a rise in cremations, but also a dramatic rise in funeral insurance. She says within the past two months she's had 65 percent more insurance sales than usual.

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