Could low-cost funerals offer a way to protect the living?

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Anna Tshabalala said she will have peace in her life after she was able to say her last goodbyes to her mum Betty Shabangu who was laid to rest. Though she didn't attend her funeral, she was able to make her way to the Brakpan Cemetery. Photo: Christopher Moagi
Anna Tshabalala said she will have peace in her life after she was able to say her last goodbyes to her mum Betty Shabangu who was laid to rest. Though she didn't attend her funeral, she was able to make her way to the Brakpan Cemetery. Photo: Christopher Moagi

The lockdown restriction of 50 people at funerals to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus has cut costs for bereaved families, leading to them having more financial flexibility after the burial of a loved one.

The lower cost of funerals could be the nudge people need to rethink how much is spent on funerals and how much is left to provide for surviving relatives.

Stats SA revealed in 2018 that the average funeral cost between R50 000 and R250 000, with that number increasing by about 12% year-on-year.

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