The cost of a funeral or memorial service, like other family events such as weddings, can fall within a range of prices. Unlike weddings, however, many people aren't familiar with the items and services that are necessary for a funeral. The basic makeup of funeral expenses include professional services, use of facilities, motor equipment, merchandise and cash disbursements. It is important to realize that within each of these categories, there are choices that you may make based on your personal preferences and budget.
Funeral costs can be controlled. The costs can be tailored to fit your budget, without sacrificing your ability to create a service that will be meaningful to you and others. One way to control the funeral costs is to select items in the price range that fits your budget. Caskets, for example, can range from several hundred dollars to more than ten thousand dollars. The difference in the price depends on the manufacturer, material and how they are constructed. Soft woods, like pine or poplar, are the least expensive. Prices increase as steel, solid hardwoods, stainless steel, copper, and finally bronze are used. Burial vaults, which are usually required by the cemetery, are also available in price ranges similar to caskets. Burial vaults protect the casket and prevent the grave site from shifting or sinking. The difference in price depends on the structural strength of the material used to construct the vault. There are also options to choose from when selecting services. A simple service at the graveside is usually the least expensive. Because the costs involved with a funeral or memorial service change over time, it is best to contact us directly for a detailed discussion of various options and prices. We can talk with you and help you to plan a service that meets your needs and budget.