Cusick said business has spiked 20 percent over the past year, adding that "we had a very, very busy February."
In the St. Louis area the average burial cost ranges between $8,000 to $10,000, while the cremation fee, which includes transporting the body, the urn and a copy of the death certificate, hovers between $1,000 and $1,200.
At another crematorium in St. Louis, a funeral director who asked to remain nameless, said, "I can't believe how many people say that just don't have the money for a funeral or they don't have insurance to pay for it. You gotta believe these days that people are spending less for their dead."
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