The FTC United States the average funeral cost is around S6,000.00 This does not include the cemetery. A popular website gives the average basic funeral cost example again without the cemetery as $7,293.00
“Professional and administrative services (embalming, funeral home staff during the visitation, and so on) … $1,650
Facilities and equipment (preparation room, visitation room, reception room, chapel) … $850
Transportation (transfer from the place of death, funeral limousine, and cars for the family) … $450
Merchandise (casket, vault, prayer cards, temporary grave marker) … $2,515
Cash disbursements (flowers, cemetery plot, obituary, death certificates, honorariums, headstone) … $1,828
Total (not including taxes) … $7,293″
This quote from an article by Mike Testa CPA gives a summary of the average cost of a funeral today that includes the cemetery.
“Here is a reasonable “ballpark” estimate of the main costs that are involved:
• fee for the funeral director’s services: $1,500
• cost for a casket: $2,300
• embalming: $500
• cost for using the funeral home for the actual funeral service: $500
• cost of a gravesite: $1,000
• cost to dig the grave: $600
• cost of a grave liner or outer burial container: $1,000
• cost of a headstone: $1,500
In this example, total costs would approximate $9,000 ….and that’s just for the “main” items. There could be additional charges for things like placing the obituary in the newspaper, buying flowers, and limousine rental. There could also be additional charges for prayer cards, use of the hearse, and a donation to the organist, soloist, or officiating clergy.”
Above is the lower end of the average of the basics from 2 Sources other than your funeralguy. In Many cases the cost is much more.The average cost of a funeral is going up. Traditional funeral cost is rising. But at the same lower funeral cost funerals putting more pressure on the traditional funeral directors to raise funeral expenses.
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