Funeral Expenses – Funeral Home Expenses
Funeral homes charge a payment for managing the funeral. The funeral home will arrange staff and manage visitations, submit paperwork for permits and death certificates, and they will house the body. Each funeral home is different and their services covered within their prices are different as well.
The basic services fee covers services that are common to all funeral homes. This fee includes services like the initial meeting to plan the funeral, preparation and filing of authorizations and permits, coordinating the arrangements with the cemetery or crematory or other third parties.
Usually included in the average funeral costs are overhead expenses like professional licensing, insurance, parking lot and grounds maintenance, legal and accounting fees, building and utility expenses, and administrative expenses.
Families are required to pay the basic services fee in addition to whatever other services they request. Unless a package or service specifically states that the basic services fee is already included in the price of that package or service, assume that the basic services fee will be added to the total bill. As with all funeral home services there is a wide range in funeral homes charges for basic service fees. Basic service fees range from $480 to $3000.
The National Funeral Director’s Association’s 2006 survey found that the average funeral home basic service fee was $1,595.
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Funeral Merchandise Costs:
- Costs of Burial Vaults and Grave Liners
- Costs of Caskets and Burial Shrouds
- Cost of an Urn
- Funeral Flower Expenses
- Funeral Music Costs
- Funeral Programs and Printing Costs
- Headstone Costs
Funeral Service Fees:
- Clergy and Celebrant Cost
- Embalming Expenses
- Fees for Preparing the Body
- Funeral Viewing, Visitation and Ceremony Fees
- Storage and Refrigeration Fees
- Transportation and Removal Costs
- Miscellaneous Funeral Expenses
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