What is considered when determining the amount of financial compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit?

A wrongful death claim is brought on behalf of the survivors of the person killed by the negligence of another. These persons are called beneficiaries.  The beneficiaries may be entitled to compensation for funeral expenses, the loss of earnings that the decedent would have provided to them over his lifetime,  lost benefits, the value of the services that the decedent would have provided at home, mental anguish, and loss of companionship.