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Elena Stancu, here in July, keeps in her Bucharest apartment a coffin and cross the 75-year-old Romanian bought with her savings. Times are so hard in Romania that people seek out carpenters selling cut-rate coffins in an effort to beat the rising costs of death. (Associated Press)

Elena Stancu, here in July, keeps in her Bucharest apartment a coffin and cross the 75-year-old Romanian bought with her savings. Times are so hard in Romania that people seek out carpenters selling cut-rate coffins in an effort to beat the rising costs of death. (Associated Press)

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