Comparing Funeral Prices

It can be difficult and confusing to compare funeral prices, whether between different types of services offered by a particular funeral home, or between similar services offered by two different funeral providers. However, a little bit of research and inquiry now could save you and your family from unfortunate surprises down the line. Funeral services are complex and made up of several individually priced components; which components are included and which are not is entirely dependent on the type of service in question. Funeral services can be as unique as the person planning them, and thus so too can the price structure.

We've provided some information here to help you understand the differences, and also some examples of common service types and our service prices for those examples.

It is important to keep two things in mind if you are trying to compare funeral costs:

1) The cost estimates should include all components necessary for your desired type of service.

 

Make sure you have put together the whole puzzle! Our "How Much Does a Funeral Cost" planner can help you determine the total overall cost of a funeral. Bear in mind that there are three areas of charges: 1) services and 2) merchandise (both provided by the funeral home), and 3) cash advances (external costs such as obituaries, flowers, etc.).

 

If comparing different services from the same funeral home, it is important to determine which elements are included in the different services and where the services differ from one another in structure and cost.

 

If comparing the same services between different funeral homes, you should be aware that service and merchandise charges for similar items can vary greatly between different providers, but cash advances will remain relatively constant, as they are external charges from other parties.

2) When comparing prices with another funeral home's charges, be sure the services you are comparing each include all of the same components.

 

You will find that different funeral providers charge for similar services and/or merchandise in varying ways. For example, some will include certain services in a quoted package price, while others will impose separate charges for those some of those services above and beyond their price for what appears to be a similar package.  It is very important to ensure you compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges! Examine what is included in the charges very carefully to ensure that you are making an accurate comparison between identical services. Do not be misled by vague terminology; ensure you know exactly what items the quoted price includes and what it does not.

Also, the way a provider distributes its charges can very greatly from other providers. Some may have a low basic service charge, but then charge a higher price for add-on services; others might charge a higher up-front fee, but then charge less for additional items. Some may have high service charges and low merchandise costs; others vice-versa.

 

Do not be fooled by low up-front costs that are made up for with high follow-on charges! Some providers will have a very attractive "starting from" price, but that price may be for an absolute minimum of services; most consumers will find themselves needing or desiring more than the absolute minimum, and will find the price for the additional services escalating quickly beyond the advertised price.

Similarly, beware of hidden charges. Some funeral providers will charge separately for services that others include for free, such as deaths occurring outside normal working hours, storage of the body or cremains, care of an autopsied body, hairdressing, or delivery and installation of burial vaults, just to name a few. Another example is that most funeral homes charge for register book and memorial cards, sometimes significantly; we include these items at no additional charge. And while almost all providers will have fees for certain things such as weekend or evening services, those fees may vary; if you desire an evening service, and one charges $200 extra but another $500 extra, that is important to note! Always make sure you have been given full pricing for all items that pertain to the services you want, and that you are aware of anything that might result in extra fees. 

Again, cash advance items are relatively constant from funeral home to funeral home, as they are external charges from other parties.

Below, we have listed several commonly selected service packages and their costs. We have tried to include an accurate listing of all components involved in each package to help you compare, as well as notes on things that may not be included in the given package. Itemized prices for all types of services are listed on our General Price List.

PLEASE NOTE: Charges listed below are only for funeral home services; merchandise and cash advance charges are not included unless noted. Merchandise prices may be seen on the pages for casketsburial vaults or urns. Potential cash advance charges are covered in detail in the "How Much Does a Funeral Cost?" planner.

 

We highly recommend taking the time to speak with a funeral director to get as accurate an estimate of your desired services as possible. This can help ensure that you are including everything you need, that you are not including unnecessary items or services, and can even make you aware of service options you may not have considered.

Cremation Service​s

 

Direct Cremation: $3100

Our minimum cremation service. Includes charges for basic services and overhead, transportation charges, crematory fee, basic minimum cremation container, and full memorial printing package. No additional charges for viewing of the body by immediate family, assistance in service planning, arranging or delivering cremains locally for interment, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Purchase of an urn and/or involvement of funeral home staff/facilities in any subsequent memorial services charged separately.

 

Direct Cremation with Memorial Visitation: $3475 

Includes charges for basic services and overhead, transportation charges, crematory fee, basic minimum cremation container, full memorial printing package, and a visitation/wake held at the funeral home or with funeral home personnel present at a different location. No additional charges for viewing of the body by immediate family, assistance in planning of a formal memorial service to be held elsewhere, arranging or delivering cremains locally for interment, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Purchase of an urn and/or involvement of funeral home staff/facilities in any subsequent formal memorial service charged separately.

 

Direct Cremation with Memorial Service: $3625

Includes charges for basic services and overhead, transportation charges, crematory fee, basic minimum cremation container, full memorial printing package, and a formal memorial service held at the funeral home or with funeral home personnel present at a different location (also includes one hour of visitation prior to the service). Does not include a visitation the evening prior to the service. No additional charges for viewing of the body by immediate family, arranging or delivering cremains locally for interment, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Purchase of an urn charged separately.

 

Direct Cremation with Memorial Service and Visitation the Evening Prior: $4000

Includes charges for basic services and overhead, transportation charges, crematory fee, basic minimum cremation container, full memorial printing package, and a visitation/wake and memorial service held at the funeral home or with funeral home personnel present at a different location. No additional charges for viewing of the body by immediate family, arranging or delivering cremains locally for interment, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Purchase of an urn charged separately.

 

Visitation/Viewing with Body Present, Cremation Afterward: $4275

Includes basic services of director and overhead, embalming, other preparation of the body, informal visitation/wake at the funeral home, transportation charges, and full memorial printing package. No additional charges for assistance with planning subsequent memorial services, planning or delivering cremains locally for interment, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Does not include crematory fee, cost of casket or purchase of an urn. If visitation is at location other than funeral home, additional transportation charges will apply.

 

Funeral Service with Body Present, Cremation Afterward: $4425

Includes basic services of director and overhead, embalming, other preparation of the body, funeral service at the funeral home (incl. one hour of visitation prior to service), transportation charges, and full memorial printing package. No additional charges for arranging or delivering cremains locally for interment, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Does not include crematory fee, cost of casket, a visitation the evening before, or purchase of an urn. If funeral service is at location other than funeral home, additional transportation charges will apply.

 

Funeral Service with Body Present, Visitation Evening Prior, and Cremation Afterward: $4800

Includes basic services of director and overhead, embalming, other preparation of the body, visitation/wake evening prior to service, funeral service at the funeral home (incl. one hour of visitation prior to service), transportation charges, and full memorial printing package. No additional charges for arranging or delivering cremains locally for interment, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Does not include crematory fee, cost of casket, a visitation the evening before, or purchase of an urn. If funeral service is at location other than funeral home, additional transportation charges will apply.

See the General Price List for itemized prices. Variations in service chronology or location could result in additional charges. See GPL or consult with a funeral director for details.​

​Ca​sketed Burial Services

 

Direct Burial: $3200

Our minimum casketed burial service. Includes charges for basic services and overhead,  transportation charges, and full memorial printing package. No additional charges for viewing of the body by immediate family, assistance in planning any subsequent services, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Does not include casket, burial vault, or any rites or ceremonies. Involvement of funeral home staff/facilities in any subsequent memorial services charged separately.

 

Direct Burial with Graveside Service: $3450

Includes charges for basic services and overhead, transportation charges, graveside committal service, and full memorial printing package. No additional charges for viewing of the body by immediate family, assistance in planning any additional subsequent services, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Does not include casket or burial vault. Involvement of funeral home staff/facilities in any subsequent memorial services also charged separately.

 

Visitation Only, Closed Casket: $3875

Includes charges for basic services and overhead, transportation charges, basic care of the unembalmed remains, public visitation/wake, and full memorial printing package. No additional charges for viewing of the body by immediate family, committal service (if held at the conclusion of the visitation), assistance in planning any subsequent memorial services, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Does not include casket, burial vault, or committal held on a separate date than that of visitation. Involvement of funeral home staff/facilities in any subsequent memorial services also charged separately.

 

Funeral Service, Closed Casket: $4025

Includes charges for basic services and overhead, transportation charges, basic care of the unembalmed remains, funeral service including visitation one hour prior, committal (when held immediately following funeral), and full memorial printing package. No additional charges for viewing of the body by immediate family, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Does not include casket, burial vault, or committal at time other than at conclusion of funeral.

 

Funeral Service with Visitation Day Prior, Closed Casket: $4400

Includes charges for basic services and overhead, transportation charges, basic care of the unembalmed remains, public visitation/wake, funeral service, committal (when held immediately following funeral), and full memorial printing package. No additional charges for viewing of the body by immediate family, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Does not include casket, burial vault, or committal at a time other than at conclusion of funeral.

 

Visitation/Viewing Only (Open Casket): $4475

Includes charges for basic services and overhead, transportation charges, embalming, other preparation of the body (including hairdressing), public visitation/wake, and full memorial printing package. No additional charge for committal service (if held at the conclusion of the visitation), assistance in planning any subsequent memorial services, filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Does not include casket, burial vault, or committal held on a separate date than that of visitation. Involvement of funeral home staff/facilities in any subsequent memorial services also charged separately.

 

Funeral Service (Open Casket): $4625

Includes charges for basic services and overhead, transportation charges, embalming, other preparation of the body (including hairdressing), funeral service including visitation one hour prior, and full memorial printing package. No additional charge for committal service (when held immediately after funeral), filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Does not include casket, burial vault, or committal held at a time other than at conclusion of funeral.

 

Funeral Service with Visitation Evening Prior (Open Casket): $5000

Includes charges for basic services and overhead, transportation charges, embalming, other preparation of the body (including hairdressing), visitation the day prior to service, funeral service (incl. one hour of visitation prior to service), and full memorial printing package. No additional charge for committal service (when held immediately after funeral), filing of death certificates, placement of obituaries, etc. Does not include casket, burial vault, or committal held at a time other than at conclusion of funeral.

 

See the General Price List for itemized prices. Variations in service chronology or location could result in additional charges.  See GPL or consult with a funeral director for details.

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