IN­EX­PEN­SIVE FU­NERAL TRENDS

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Nat­u­ral buri­als: Also known as green buri­als, these make use of a wooden cof­fin or in some in­stances, the body is wrapped in a de­com­pos­able blan­ket. Cre­ma­tion: Cre­ma­tion is the cheap­est op­tion avail­able and costs around R6 000. While not the tra­di­tional African way, a cre­ma­tion will greatly save your pocket. Dig­i­tal and in­ter­ac­tive tomb­stones: Bataung Tomb­stones were the first lo­cal com­pany to in­cor­po­rate QR codes and braille writ­ing on tomb­stones. Across our borders, some com­pa­nies use in­ter­ac­tive tomb­stones that are weather- and van­dal-proof, and can dis­play pic­tures, video and other dig­i­tal con­tent per­tain­ing to the de­ceased.

Home funer­als: Some fam­i­lies are opt­ing to hold fu­neral ser­vices at home to cut out a bulk of pro­fes­sional fees.

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