A Complete Understanding of Funeral/Cremation Pricing

By: David Tindall
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

In case you are summarizing the cost of the funeral service, you need to understand that the entire cost can easily be divided into three categories; the fee for the Basic Services, additional goods and services, and the cash advances. Having a profound understanding about the average pricing will help you avoid a more depressing state. Your situation now is emotionally exhausting, you do not want to worsen it by spending more than what you can afford. Here is a comprehensive guide provided by Tindall Funeral Home Inc. to help you during this difficult time.

 

The Basic Funeral Service

This fee is intended for the necessary services combined with the overhead cost that is related with the funeral service. Basic fee is an integral part of every funeral ceremony which can vary. It may include the processing of the documents, securing a death certificate and essential permits, the proper storing of the remains, coordinating with the crematory, cemetery and other third-party service providers and other overhead cost associated with the operation and facility.

 

For the burial and the cremation service, there may be an offer of a flat rate where the cost does not change regardless of the arrangement that you prefer. However, there are different instances where the basic funeral service can change such as:

  • Opting for a direct cremation or direct burial
  • If the only responsibility of the funeral service is to forward the remains
  • If the only responsibility of the funeral home is to receive the remains

 

Extra Goods and Services

Funeral homes offer additional goods and funeral service for an extra cost.  You may avail this based on your judgment and preference.  Some of the extra services and goods may include cosmetic preparation, embalming, using a cemetery chapel or funeral home for cremation service or memorial service, use of transportation vehicles such as limousine, urn or casket, and burial clothing.

 

Based on the existing funeral rule by the Federal Trade Commission, the funeral home should not charge you for the cost of the goods if you chose to avail it in other means.  But there are also some funeral homes that will require conducting extra services based on the funeral service that you acquire.  For instance, they may require embalming if you choose to use the funeral home for viewing.

 

Cash Advances

These are the fee's that will be charged for the services and goods that the funeral homes avail in your behalf.  Cash Advances may include flowers, obituary filing, car rentals, and musician, clergy and crematory charges.  Remember that the company should fully disclose the amount of the additional funeral service that they are charging.  They should also divulge if there are any refunds or discounts that they received for their suppliers on the cash advance goods and services.

 

By understanding the average cost of the funeral service, you will be able to plan a good but affordable memorial service for your loved one.  For more information regarding the price of funeral services, you can contact us today at, Tindall Funeral Home.  

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