Thursday, January 16, 2014
Residents of the Massachusetts island of Nantucket must now take a round-trip ferry ride to Cape Cod before they can be laid to rest in a Nantucket cemetery.
The island’s only funeral home shut down last month, selling its building to a developer for $1.25 million. The Lewis Funeral Home had been in the same family for five generations, but the children weren’t interested in taking over. Revenue also declined due to residents choosing lower-cost cremations. In 2012, the median cost of cremation was $2,245 while funerals run about $7,000.
See Annie Linskey, Nantucket’s Funeral Home Closes as Wealthy Pick Cremation, Bloomberg, Jan. 13, 2014.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.