COST OF DYING IN FRANCE …

Thinking of moving to France?   With a pending BREXIT many Brits are indeed thinking of doing so. Well, do you know what it costs to die in France? Here is a list: Cremation: € 650 – Coffin in beech wood (undertakers are quite straightforward when it comes to cremation by advising that an expensive coffin […]

Grave of Vincentv and Theo Van Gogh in Auvers Cemetery(ccMarilynZ. Tomlins)

Thinking of moving to France?   With a pending BREXIT many Brits are indeed thinking of doing so.

Well, do you know what it costs to die in France?

Here is a list:

Cremation:

€ 650 – Coffin in beech wood (undertakers are quite straightforward when it comes to cremation by advising that an expensive coffin will not be needed.  

€ 260 – Transport from place of death to undertaker

€ 150 – Undertaker’s fee for this transport and reception at undertaker’s parlour

€ 150 – Stay at undertaker’s (3 days)

€ 100 – Undertaker’s expenses (like phone calls, postage etc)

€ 350 – Refrigeration of body

€ 260 – Hearse

€ 225 – Pall bearers’ fee (4 of them)

€ 200 – Announcement of death (100 such notices to be sent out)

€ 428 – Cremation charge

€ 280 – Urn for ashes

TOTAL COST – € 3053

Burial:

€ 1920 – Coffin in mahogany

€ 260 – Transport from place of death to undertaker

€ 150 – Undertaker’s fee for this transport, and reception at undertaker’s parlour

€ 150 – Stay at undertaker’s (3 days)

€ 250 – Preparation of body and refrigeration

€ 100 – Undertaker’s expenses (like phone calls etc)

€ 260 – Hearse

€ 225 – Pall bearers’ fee (4 of them)

€ 200 – Announcement of death (100 such notices to be sent out)

Total Cost – € 3615

Of course, added to this amount will be the burial plot which can cost anything from a few hundred euros to many thousands. A plot can be bought for from 50 years to infinity.  The price also depends on the cemetery: Père Lachaise is the most expensive.

Cremation and burial takes place, usually, in the crematorium and cemetery closest to death or to the home of the deceased one.

Expensive it is dying in France, is it not?

Better to remain alive as long as possible, but then the cost of living in France is as expensive.

The Auvers Cemetery where Vincent and Theo van Gogh lie buried. (cc Marilyn . Tomlins)

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

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