IN FIGURES: The cost of dying in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines - Losing a loved one is emotionally-draining, but we should keep in mind that it is also financially-straining for the family members left behind if the person dies unprepared.

The cost of dying in the Philippines
No matter how much money we have, how healthy and how young we are, the angel of death will certainly come take us. That’s the very reason why there is a need for us to prepare for it.

Dying in the Philippines certainly isn’t cheap. Here are the amounts you have to prepare before you or your loved ones rest in peace, based on a report by ABS-CBN News:

1. Death certificate - In order for funeral arrangements to proceed, you need to secure a death certificate, which will cost around P330. Aside from this, you need to get some documents from the doctor, which will probably cost a few hundreds.

2. Funeral service - The price depends on the type of set-up for viewing arrangements but it would usually range from P15,000 to hundreds of thousands.

3. Caskets - You could get a simple coffin for as low as P8,000, but if you prefer a more sophisticated design, be prepared to pay a serious amount of cash. Caskets made of gold or bronze can cost millions.

4. Burial service - Burial service which includes prayer services, music, security support and transportation can cost anywhere from P5,000 to P20,000.

5. Cremation service - If you’re on the practical side, you may avail of the popular alternative to burial, which is cremation. This costs around P10,000 to P20,000.

6. Urns - You may opt for a simple urn that costs around P2,500 or go for the more grandiose ones, which are priced between P25,000 to P50,000.

7. Memorial Lot - Five square meter memorial lots cost around P65,000 to hundreds of thousands, depending on its type and choice of cemetery. Mausoleum types, which can house several deceased family members, can cost millions. On the other hand, apartment-style niches in public cemeteries cost about P1,000.

8. Food - Since funerals are a family affair, you need to prepare food and refreshments for your guests. Your budget will depend on the number of guests, length of wake, and type of food served, but it will most likely cost you between P3,000 to P20,000.

For practical purposes and convenience, some people consider getting funeral packages which can go for as low as P15,000 at simple funeral parlors to as high as P250,000 in sophisticated ones.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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