The story published Aug. 24, "Indianapolis-based funeral center buys Guilkey Funeral Home," contains incorrect information. Perhaps The Herald Bulletin reporter could have done some homework on area funeral costs before passing on the words of Eddie Beagles, of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services, at face value.
Quoting exactly: "The average funeral in Anderson is about $10,000," Beagles said. "This will be a big benefit for the citizens of Anderson because they will have a choice when it comes to funeral services and not be held hostage by prices."Having helped arrange funerals for family members here, my firsthand experience is the "average" is not $10,000. Maybe if one chose two days of visitation, a ceremony, a procession to a cemetery with a graveside service, and an expensive casket and burial vault, the total could be around $10,000, but that's clearly not the kind of funeral Beagles is trying to offer, according to the article. He's comparing apples with oranges; his minimum services versus others' much higher end. Every funeral home in the area offers more variety in options that Beagles implies, and for similar services to Legacy, their prices are also similar. The choices exist now, they always have, and no one is being held hostage.Tod MillerAnderson