Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation; How Much Money Does It Take to Pay for Final Arrangements? What Can I do about It?
Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation costs are the things, of a practical nature, that final arrangements planning can really make a difference with. The following chart lays out a range of costs for key elements in the final arrangements process and offers some ideas and alternatives. You may have some ideas we can share with everyone. Please email them to us. Contact: Final Arrangements Mail @
Final Arrangements That could be Chosen by You
Range of Costs
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What Can I do? Alternative Final Arrangements if Available
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$700 to $2,000
Have more than one Funeral Home to use and know what the charges are for services and goods you need before you need them. Look for Budget Funeral Services & Memorial Society
$150 to $1,000
Will be part of services from whomever you choose
$300 to $600
Eliminate by choosing cremation where it should not be necessary to perform
$600 to $1,000
Compare services and prices from several of these sources; Memorial Society, Cremation Society, Internet Companies, Local Cremation Company
$400 to $600
If you don't need it don't allow it
Not Legally required except in cases where body is to move across state lines. Usually done by the funeral home to accommodate visitation and display of deceased or an extended period of time between death and burial.
$600 to $1,200
Eliminate or reduce. Have a memorial service without body present at a church or private home rather than the funeral home
$600 to $2,000
Limit size of funeral home staff and automobiles used
$500 to $20,000
$300 to $2,000
Buy directly and not through funeral home
Eliminate or reduce any item
$100 to $10,000
Choose and Purchase from one of the Alternatives listed here; Casket and Urn Retailer, Internet, Casket Kit, Private owner, The Cemetery Registry
$200 to $8,000
Choose and Purchase from one of the Alternatives listed here; Casket Retailer or Internet, The Cemetery
$400 to $10,000
Don't rush into this purchase. You can better handle this after the funeral. Look for an Internet Retailer, Local Monument Shop, The Cemetery.
$200 to $1,000
Don't rush into this purchase. You can better handle this after the funeral Look for an Internet Retailer, Local Monument Shop, The Cemetery.
Disclaimer: Costs used are rough estimates over a broad range to encompass market variables and should not be taken as definitive nor reflective of any particular market.