Funerals are expensive affair in Kenya. The cost can shoot up to Ksh 500, 000, especially if post mortem and other mortuary procedures are followed.
If your family member is dies within your locality, it will be easier to arrange the funeral and bury your loved one but if he dies in America or any other country, you will have to cater for Air ticket and body preservation.
The most common costs incurred during funeral and burial include the cost of a casket, the cost of hiring a vehicle for transporting the body and mortuary costs. In total, you will spend Ksh 50,000-Ksh150, 000 to cater for this.
If your family member dies in America,air ticket will cost you Ksh 120,000-Ksh240,000.The cost of preserving a body for at least 1 week is Ksh 50,000-Ksh200,000.In total, you require Ksh 800,000 -Ksh 2 million to transport a body from America and bury it in Kenya.
In Kenya most families in up country spend between Ksh 10,000-Ksh 40,000 on coffin and Ksh 5,000-Ksh2,000 on mortuary fees.They also spend Ksh 10,000-Ksh50,000 on suit/dress. In total, it requires a family Ksh 100,000-Ksh300,000 when other items like food, tents and accommodation for visitors are factored in.
In Nairobi and Mombasa,a family must secure cemetery space. The Langata Cemetery costs Ksh 25,000 while the Mombasa one is cheaper.
So,if a member of your family dies,this is what you will spend on ensuring they get a decent burial: