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The average cost of a funeral in the U.S. rose by 17.5 percent between 2004 and 2009, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. The price has risen from $5,580 to $6,550.

Funerals are getting more expensive, according to the Middletown Journal.

The average cost of a funeral in the U.S. rose by 17.5 percent from 2004 to 2009, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. The price has risen from $5,580 to $6,550.

But those costs don't include several other costs, according to the Middletown Journal. The cost of grave space and opening and closing a grave is about $2,500 and consumers choose between a headstone, at $2,000, or a grave marker, at $1,000. Those additional costs bring the total price up to about $8,000 to $10,000.

The trend of rising funeral costs started decades ago, Ron Spaulding, funeral director at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding, told the Middletown Journal. The cost of a funeral has doubled since he purchased the business 25 years ago, he added.

In an attempt to cut costs, more consumers are trying to purchase less-expensive caskets — they range from $500 to $2,500 — and many are having the visitation and funeral on the same day, according to Butler County funeral home directors.

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