There are hundreds of decisions that must be made when planning a funeral or memorial service, and making funeral arrangements can often seem confusing or overwhelming. Because there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to planning a funeral or memorial service, there are different costs and expenses to consider. Funerals can range from a very simple event to a more elaborate affair complete with a catered meal and a champagne toast. A unique life deserves a unique final farewell, and funeral expenses may vary depending on a family's preferences and needs.
Funeral arrangements may or may not include a casket, embalming, urn, cremation, music, flowers and more. With so many details, it's important to choose a provider who can clearly explain what burial costs and funeral expenses are involved so that you can make educated and appropriate choices.
Breaking down funeral costs
To help understand what’s included in the average funeral cost, it may help to break down some of the products and services. The lists below are a representative sample of potential funeral costs. Products and services will vary based on the preferences and needs of your family.
Funeral products can include:
- Casket or urn
- Funeral service and visitation
- Cemetery property
- Funeral flowers
- Catering (in some states)
- Additional family support options
Funeral provider services may include:
- Funeral director or celebrant
- Processing and filing of necessary information
- Aftercare assistance
Burial and cremation packages
To help with the many details and decisions in planning for a service, many families and individuals choose a burial or cremation package that includes a predetermined set of products and services to meet their needs. Dignity Memorial® burial and cremation packages were designed to do just that. They simplify choices and help families create meaningful and personal tributes by grouping together key merchandise and services. A la carte selections are also available.
Some package options include a graveside or chapel service, a catered reception, flowers and even ongoing support options for loved ones. Cremation packages offer families the choice of holding funeral and visitation services.
No matter which options you choose, package or a la carte, any service can be personalized in big or small ways. From customized mementos for guests, to special food or music, personal touches can be added to celebrate a unique life. With thoughtful planning and a little creativity, nearly anything is possible. Turn to your Dignity Memorial provider to help you plan a fitting tribute that will be remembered by family and friends for years to come.
Consider planning ahead
One of the most thoughtful things you can do for the people you care about is to make your own funeral arrangements in advance. It may not be something many of us want to think about, but having a final plan in place means your loved ones won’t have to second-guess your wishes, and you can enjoy peace of mind in knowing you've taken care of an important responsibility and have made your personal wishes known. A Dignity Memorial team member can walk you through the funeral or cremation options available and provide you with the average cost for the services that best meet your needs. That way, when the time comes, family and friends can focus on what is important—celebrating your life.
Plan a beautiful, personal remembrance
Each life is like no other. Particular passions, milestone moments and legacies created weave together to tell a story that is completely unique. The Insider’s Guide to Funeral & Cremation Planning will walk you through inspirational ideas and the simple steps to planning an unforgettable memorial of a loved one’s life—or your own when you plan in advance. Get started today.