When pricing a funeral, keep in mind that there are 5 categories of costs.
Funeral Home Professional Services
This section includes services of the funeral directors and staff, preparation, basic arrangements and services, use of facilities and use of funeral home vehicles.
Transfer of remains to funeral home
Preparation of remains
Arrangements/Basic service fee
Supervision of the funeral director and staff
Funeral or memorial service
Use of facilities
Funeral or memorial service in funeral home chapel
Prayers at funeral home before church
Whether you choose ground burial or above ground burial, a casket is necessary. With cremation, your family will select the appropriate cremation container, ceremonial casket and urn.
Burial Vault/Urn Vault
Most cemeteries in our area require a burial vault for ground burial. Some cemeteries in our area also require an urn vault when cremains are buried in ground.
Additional Services and Merchandise
This section includes any services and merchandise in addition to the funeral home services, including:
Prayer cards/memorial folders/acknowledgement cards
Services and merchandise provided as cash advance items will be billed at the same amount paid by the funeral home. These charges are simply third-party expenses, paid by our funeral home as a courtesy to your family.
Cemetery charges (new purchase, opening fees, use of equipment)
Honorariums (church, clergy)
Certified copies of death certificates
Monuments and markers (new purchase and final lettering of existing markers)
Assignment and processing charges
Out-of-town funeral home charges
Use this helpful formula to assist you in determining the total, exact bottom-line cost of the funeral.