From USA Today:
Kenton County, Ky., is expecting a record year of indigent burials. The 29 indigent burials as of Aug. 13 are more than double last year's total of 12, says Don Catchen, whose funeral home has the county contract for indigent burials.
Catchen offers a minimal private funeral and cremation for $1,400.
"With the economy being what it is, some of the lesser-income families … are barely surviving and they don't have any money to pay for even a minimum funeral service," he says.
"I've had the (county) contract 14 years," he says, "and it's never been like this before."