Funerals cost too much, former health minister says


A former health minister is raising concerns over the cost of funerals in Antigua and Barbuda.

Hilroy Humphreys was a caller to the Browne and Browne show over the weekend.

Here is how he articulated his concern.

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  1. WHY is there no cremation in Antigua? Cremation is the most common and accepted practise in the developed world, and it is far cheaper. Why won’t our funeral homes get on board???

    • Because a lot of people in antigua Is afraid of being burned two times including politicians’ one,when they die and the other in hell

    • Because they are making too much money with the old fashion burials. It’s so difficult to a family to bury a loved as the average cost is $12,000 to $15,000.
      We need to get up with the times. There is no space at the burial grounds

  2. SEKUNDA X don’t worry I understand cremation is coming to Antigua via one of the Ministers of Cabinet as a business venture.

  3. Agree with Humphreys that action is needed regarding the high costs. I am a believer that cremation is less wasteful resource wise but would not be surprised to see similar costs ascribed to that service. Have read that costs in the US can be 2,300 and $6,078 usd ( according to the National Funeral Directors Association). In BDS, the cost is between 8K to 12K BDS (4 K to 6K USD) for a average funeral (source Co-managing director of Bryan’s Funeral Home, Neil Bryan). Persons can reduce the cost by going no frills eg no public viewing of the body, consider at home funeral (something private). Suspect having cremation as an option can provide more options to cut costs

  4. I am in total agreement with de man Humphrey’s. At one funeral home if the survivors want to go over the allotted time given in package the cost is $125.00ECC per day and the dead not getting three meals a day, only a little sleep in A/C.

  5. Is this the same Hilroy who once describe Holborton as a horror house? I wonder what he will say about some aspects of mount saint John’s

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