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Protecting Your Money: Buying a Cemetery Plot

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 18:56:32-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — At some point in life, we'll all have to deal with the loss of a loved one, and then making plans for their funeral and interment.

It's the most emotional time we'll likely ever experience. Hopefully these tips help make it more manageable.

First of all, you want to check out the funeral home with the Texas Funeral Services Commission.
Is their license current and in good standing? Any complaints?

If possibly, pre-pay for the services the cemetery will provide. Ask if a payment plan is available. Look at this event as an investment because when that time comes, emotions overflow, but if were able to pre-pay for it, you can devote more time to those who are grieving.

Katie Galan with the Better Business Bureau cautions about emotional spending.

"You're obviously dealing with a lot with the loss of a loved one. There's a lot of other things going on, and a lot of other things that you have to worry about. So just be careful."

You always want to know exactly what services you're paying for, and at what cost. Always be on the lookout for hidden or unexplained fees or charges. Galan said to ask for a price list.

"This is a way for you to ensure that they're not tacking on additional charges or fees while you're there. If they see that you're emotional, sometimes it's easy for them to sneak in those extra charges."

Finally, the Coastal Bend is home to many proud veterans and their families. It's also home to the State Veterans Cemetery. Veterans and their spouses can be interred there at no cost.