4 Simple (But Important) Things to Know about Funeral Costs

By: David Tindall
Friday, August 31, 2018

Most people don’t think about funeral expenses or the process involved so they are easily overwhelmed when they’re forced to organize one. It’s not uncommon for people to overspend, make poor choices, or miss alternative options. That’s why it’s a good idea to do some research online and familiarize yourself with the process. Here’s a look at some simple but important things about funeral costs:

1. Average Expenses

The average cost of an adult’s funeral is around $8,500 with burial and $6,700 with cremation. This can change based on your location, the state, type of funeral service, and the funeral establishment. You can shop around to find the most affordable option.

2. Basic Services

All funeral homes will charge a basic fee that covers funeral essentials like planning, preparing and issuing notices, arranging things with cemetery, providing death certificates, and securing permits. The average cost of this is around $2,000 and it is important to check what your funeral home considers basic services before booking.

3. Cost of Other Services

You might need or want other services, which will cost more money over the basic fee. These services include a wide range of options like:

  • Memorials
  • Embalming or other body preparations
  • Transport for the body
  • Cremation/burial
  • Flowers
  • Urn
  • Casket (wood/metal/cremation)
  • Vault

The funeral home can also arrange for an obituary, printed memorial package, celebrant, and other such services.

4. Cash Advance for Third Party Services

The funeral home can book other services or products on your behalf from third-party vendors, but they will ask for cash in advance for it. People should compare prices between the funeral home’s quote and services offered by third-party vendors if possible.

Funeral costs rise every day so it’s a good idea to pre-arrange now. Contact us at Tindall Funeral Home through our online form or call (315) 468-5521 if you want to know about our funeral services or need advice on planning your final arrangements.

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