County-Paid Burials Spike As People Are Unable To Pay For Funerals

August 21, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – A report done by USAToday has shown that the percentage of those in poverty has spiked 1.2% nationally from 2001 to January of this year, and the recession is showing in every facet of life..including death.

More citizens are seeking county-funded burials, as they are unable to handle the costs of a funeral, cremation, or burial plot.

Some of the cities that have received the highest increase of requests are Los Angeles, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Kenton County, Kentucky. All three areas have seen extreme increases, with L.A. seeing the highest at 97%.

The sudden demand for state funerals shows the desperation and need that is becoming more widespread in a country that has an increasing number of poverty stricken families in every state.

The spike is causing a problem in many coroner offices, as they strain to find the funds to pay for these burials on an already stretched budget.

“It has put a major financial strain on this department. I need to come up with $12,000 a month in a budget that’s locked up tight as a drum,” Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office was quoted in the USAToday story.


One Response to “County-Paid Burials Spike As People Are Unable To Pay For Funerals”

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