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managing-the-cost-funeralChanges in the economy have affected nearly every part of life in today’s society, causing the prices of products and services to rise. Just like with most everything else, the cost of a funeral has also gone up. From the memorial service to the burial to the headstone, things can quickly add up, and you can find yourself going over budget fast.

With so much involved in the planning of a service to lay a loved one to rest, it can be hard to determine what you absolutely need and what fees and costs can be eliminated. In order to manage the cost, it’s important to decide what type of service you would like. Funerals vary greatly depending on what type you choose. While cremation is rising in popularity, a traditional burial is still the most sought after way of laying a loved one to rest.

When you are planning for this type of memorial, you need to clearly understand what services and products will be provided by the funeral home and what you will be responsible for paying for on your own. Taking advantage of packages offered by these homes can greatly reduce the cost, and they often include a body preparation, casket, and flowers for the service. However, the price of the plot of land you wish to bury the deceased in is often arranged separately with the cemetery, as is placing an obituary in a local newspaper.

If you do choose to purchase a package, make sure all the services offered are necessary for the type of funeral you are planning. By eliminating unneeded products and services, you can save money and prevent overspending. Additionally, choosing a payment plan or pre-planning a service can lessen the financial burden when a death occurs unexpectedly.

 

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Direct Cremation

$935

  • Transportation of deceased
  • Basic services of Funeral Director and Staff
  • Cremation
  • Alternative container
  • A temporary container

Direct Burial

$935

  • Transportation of deceased
  • Basic services of Funeral Director and Staff
  • Arrangements and transportation to the cemetery
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