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From end of life to the after-life, Floridians tighten their belts

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With rising healthcare costs at the end of life, Floridians are revising their after-life plans in a big way, statistics show. More than half of Floridians choose to be cremated instead of buried, making what was once a rare alternative a new tradition, Tampa Tribune reports.

A major reason is cost: an average of about $2,250, compared with roughly $8,350 for the typical burial.

Florida cremated 59 percent of its dead in 2011 — the second highest percentage in the U.S., third behind California and Texas, writes TBO.  Read more. 

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