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Jan 16, 2013

Price of burying your loved ones has just shot up

There is ongoing discontent in the burial service industry since the Belize City Council arbitrarily announced that it would be taking over those services. And it is bound to get louder because the cost of providing those services has now increased drastically, in some cases by as much as two hundred percent. And as to the Council’s assertion that it took over the services for the purpose of improving quality, well, judging from the complaints so far, they aren’t living up to that assertion. Earlier today a family expressed outrage at the treatment of their loved one, Roy Sebastian Junior who died on Friday. His funeral was scheduled for today, but despite the family paying the Council the required one thousand, one hundred and seventy-five dollars, everything went downhill from there. The family told us that Sebastian was to be interned in his father’s grave but instead, the Council broke the wrong grave. And if that wasn’t bad enough, when the family notified the Council of the mistake, they again dug into the wrong spot reserved for their mother. David Coye, the proprietor of Coye’s Funeral Home, told us that certainly there is no quality being received for the money being spent.


David Coye, Proprietor, Coye’s Funeral Home

David Coye

“For a tomb construction and paying the grave space and application fee, from December twenty-first 2012, we used to do that same service for nine hundred and thirty-five dollars. Now it went up five hundred and fifty dollars more; which brought it to one thousand four hundred and seventy-five dollars. The other one at Lord Ridge for eleven seventy-five, we used to do that same service for eight hundred and seventy-five dollars—paying for the grave space and everything. That went up by three hundred dollars more. For the baby space, we used to bury a baby for a hundred and fifty-five dollars. It went up five hundred and twenty dollars more. For the same baby, if they just want the natural ground, they just used to pay thirty dollars. Now it went up two hundred and forty-five dollars more. They are using taxpayers money and it is costing the same taxpayers, far more than what the private sector used to do it for. You do the math.  This was thought of the service just to ease our customer not to run around and doing this—taking a burden off them. But a lot of people have their own grave space; they already bought it and when they plan to use it again, they will have to purchase it again for two hundred and seventy-five dollars. That isn’t fair. That isn’t fair.”


Duane Moody

“The mayor is saying it is just for quality.”


David Coye

“The quality that they are talking about is the construction of the tomb or grave, but you all need to go and see the quality work that the City council is doing and compare the other undertakers’ work.”

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10 Responses for “Price of burying your loved ones has just shot up”

  1. David Blank says:

    Typical second term syndrome. Wake up David Coye. The UDP are about to leave the reservation; so, the pockets have to be filled before they are gone. Decent Belizeans have been left cowering in their houses waiting for some Messiah to save them. What u have, u have to keep fighting for; otherwise, educated @$$#$ like the mayor will come and take it away to buy fancy jewelry for their bimbos. Middle-class Belize, wake up!!!

  2. WOW says:

    I agree with you David, the Belize mayor might be educated but he is certainly not using his common sense. He has to remember that Belize is not like States where people pay a wayward of over $15,000 to bury someone. Most of these people are either at the poverty line or below the line, so how can you possibly raise bury a loved one to over 1000%, yes I believe he is lining his pockets and poof he will send all that money to bank account in the States. Wow..he is no mercy on the people. See you guys should have listened before you went to vote…politicians sugarcoats everything. It has not called politricks.

  3. cg says:

    Making money off the dead now…you better be loaded before you go …

  4. not again says:

    It is a very good bussiness he knows that in Belize city they are killing people like ants.

  5. Abdul Awal says:

    In certain religions you are to bury the dead within 24 hours of passing, how will this be done with such a rule?

  6. Mad says:

    Boy, do you need $ before you go. Luckily I have a piece of lot where all i need is an 7′X3′ at minimum or 9′X5′ at max spcace for FREE pratically. I asked family members to put me in the corner lot that is not being used 6 feet under. Just pay a day labor guy $50 to dig a deep hole. That’s over $1400 in savings…… what is this world coming to…….

  7. Peno says:

    being dead is a lucrative business in Bze….

  8. sharima says:

    i neva kno money grow pan tree.wat the #### de go on with our government .Just why people have to thief and rob because they don’t think u really have to work hard to make dey kinda money de shane at our government every thing de go up but not SALARY.

  9. Tashy says:

    How the heck this man think most belizean have money to pay for that !@#$, some of them can’t even eat. I guess the body will stay in the morgue. And the gready for money man will have to deal with that then. Let’s see what he will do when that start to happen.

  10. stagg says:

    wake up people send a message all dead should remain at the morgue let the greedy one deal with them when the morgue is full all councillors and the mayor should go dig dig dig after all they are getting a more than deserved salary and other privilges

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