When considering a final resting place for yourself or a loved one, the cost is an important factor. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average funeral and burial costs about $7,000; a funeral and cremation averages $6,000. While this can feel like a big investment, enlisting the expertise of a funeral director when planning services can help alleviate feelings of stress and overwhelm during an already difficult time.
Working with a funeral director to preplan your own services will also give you peace of mind, knowing your loved ones will not need to worry about costs or arrangements at the time of your passing. Giving your loved ones the time and space to grieve without juggling the additional tasks of planning arrangements can also help them begin the healing process.
If you’re tasked with planning the arrangements on behalf of a loved one, utilizing the expertise and services provided through funeral homes will simplify the time spent planning, and your funeral director will be there as a point of contact so you are not overwhelmed by all of those involved, like clergy, doctors, attorneys, and florists. Investing in a funeral service covers more than the day itself. A funeral home is a 24-hour, labor-intensive business, with extensive facilities (viewing rooms, chapels, limousines, hearses, etc.), which must be factored into the cost of a funeral.
The cost of a funeral can include:
- Recovering a loved one and relocating them to the funeral home
- Embalming and any cosmetics
- Caskets or coffins
- Staffing for the services and planning
- Use of the funeral home’s rooms and reception areas
- Filing forms and certificates
- Communicating and coordinating with doctors, ministers, florists, newspapers
- Coordinating with clergy or celebrants
- Printed materials, such as programs or registry books
- Audio/visual materials, such as tribute videos and photo collages
When planning services, funeral directors will review the details of viewings, funeral services, and burials, as well as costs and cost-saving options, like renting a casket. Preplanning a funeral can also help offset the costs, as it gives you the opportunity to consider options, set aside or divert funds to services, and to ensure that your loved ones do not need to worry about the cost.
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