What Goes into the Expense of a Funeral Service?

By: David Tindall
Monday, September 25, 2017

Years ago, funerals were not as expensive as they are today. However, today, you can expect to spend at least $2,200 for a simple burial service, and this is at the lowest end. Sometimes a funeral can cost up to $8000 or more, depending upon the choices that you make. This often takes people by surprise when they are planning the funeral of a loved one. They often question just why this expense? What is it that goes into the expense of a funeral service?

The expenses of a funeral can be broken down into three categories:

  1. Basic Service Fees: These fees are going to be basic and are charged at most funeral homes. These fees often include the time for filing out necessary paperwork, securing permits for burials, properly storing the deceased body, coordinating the arrangements for everyone.
     
  2. Additional Services and Goods: This category covers those extra things that a person may have chosen for their funeral or their loved ones are choosing. For example, embalming, cosmetic preparations of the body, utilizing a hearse for transporting the casket, urn, or even burial clothing.
     
  3. Cash Advances: These are fees that are charged to you for goods or services that they may purchase on your behalf. For example, compensation for the clergy officiating the funeral, flowers, obituary filing costs and the like.

The cost of a funeral can become very high in a short amount of time. However, here at Tindall Funeral Home we pride ourselves on being a friendly family environment, and being affordable to those who come to us for our services. While a funeral is a huge expense, it shouldn’t be so much that a family begins to struggle financially. We can work with you and get a funeral that will not only be affordable, but also one that the deceased would have found fitting. 

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