The High Cost of Dying Funeral Costs

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Death and dying. It doesn’t end there. Once someone has died, then the funeral must be set up. There will be an avalanche of decisions that will have to be made by those left behind.

The one subject nobody wants to discuss can leave your family in dire straits, if You happen to die and no one has any idea what the funeral costs will be. No one should have to make un-informed decisions let alone at a time of grievous emotional stress. When a loved one dies, we have to make business decisions while under a great emotional strain and that can lead to outlandish over spending.

Dying is getting more and more expensive every year. The costs of funerals and cemetery plots are up and with the economy in the shape it is in, you just may not be able to afford to die.

Here are the average funeral costs when using a Funeral home.

Professional Services $1,283  (Funeral providers are allowed to charge this, and it can’t be declined by consumers. This fee covers services common to all funerals including the use of the home, the services of the funeral director and funeral home attendants, burial arrangement coordination (with a cemetery or, securing permits, etc.)

Embalming $402

Cosmetology $135

Memorial Service $670

Flowers $250

Transfer of Remains to Funeral Home $186

Hearse for funeral $170

Limo #2) $260

Service Van  $100

Graveside  $405

Cemetery Charges  $1,400

Casket  $2,477

Vault  $757

Total  $8,495*

Breakdown of cemetery charges are as follows:

Cemetery plot: $800 to several thousand

Opening and closing the grave: $400 to $1,500, depending on the time and day of the week

Headstones, statues, or markers: $500 to several thousand depending on what is chosen.

For less expense, a cremation can cost just $1,500 or less.

Urn $100.00 to $1000.00

Having the right Information is power.

I hope I have provided you with enough information to help you prepare for the inevitable end that we all must come to. Remember that prices increase every year, so it would be financially wise to look into Pre-need planning for yourself and your loved ones, Pre-need planning can help you lock in todays prices so that your family will not suffer financial hardship due to funeral and burial costs in the future. This can be done by contacting your funeral home and cemetery of choice and getting the up to date information on their services and prices. Pre- need planning can alleviate a great deal of the burden for those who are grieving the loss of someone they love.


Funeral Consumers Alliance

ICFA’s Funeral Consumer Guide


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