Here are some examples of funeral costs in 2016
- Professional & Administrative Services – Consulting with the family, and working with medical and government agencies to file documents. $2593.00
- Body Transportation – From home or hospital to the funeral home. $250.00
- Embalming – Note that embalming is not required by law but is necessary for an open casket viewing at the funeral or if the body is being transported to another state. $300.00
- Casket – May be purchased through the funeral home, or online and shipped overnight to the funeral home. You are not required by law to purchase the casket or other merchandise from the funeral home. You may even design and build your own casket. $800 – $10,000
- Memorial Guest Book and 100 Memorial Folders for the Service. $175.00
- Death Certificates $20 each – I’d suggest getting five so that you keep a copy, then use the rest for filing with Social Security and insurance companies. Some businesses will take a photocopy while others want originals. $100.00
Don’t wait until the last minute to find out what your local funeral homes charge for their services. Some of them may have a reasonable package that will include all of the above. Use the form “Check It Out” and call funeral homes regarding their fees. Also keep in mind that if you are going to have a memorial service without an open casket, you can request an immediate burial, which bypasses a lot of expenses.