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An average traditional funeral these days is about $7,000-$10,000. A simple cremation can begin at around $650 but averages around $1100. Regardless of the type of services you choose, costs vary widely depending upon location and organization, so shop around.
It’s important to remember that honoring your loved one by gathering with friends and family to share fond memories, tears and hugs is the most important thing about memorialization. Elaborate services, expensive caskets and a lot of memorial products won’t help to heal your heart like being with those you love during your time of grief.
We’ve collected several ideas below to help you be a sharp consumer and help pay for funeral costs:
Check the decedent’s important papers to see if he/she had any of these arrangements:
Pre-planning program (paid in advance)
Funeral insurance (various options, also known as pre-need, burial or final expense insurance)
Life insurance (with funeral benefits) – Don’t forget to check with employers
Totten trust account with a bank (also known as a payable on death account) – Any bank account may have this option
Creative Fund Raising
Try local or creative fund raising such as:
Car washes, bake sales, and church congregation or social group appeals
Check with the city to determine if a permit is needed for events
Ask the decedent’s church. It may have a fund set aside to assist with needy congregants’ death arrangements
Set up a memorial fund at your bank or the bank the decedent worked with
Works especially well if you live in a small, tight knit community
Tip: Science Care is the world’s largest body donor program, learn more here
Direct cremation, (also known as simple cremation) low cost, no frills
Shop around, can range from $400-$3000
Even though the cost is relatively low, make sure the facilities are clean and the staff are friendly and helpful
Interestingly most states still allow burial on family property but check with your local county or town clerk for zoning laws and other health regulations that must be followed.
If you would like more information regarding funeral planning, please visit our resources page. If you would like to discuss the no cost option of body donation, please give us a call at 800 417 3747. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.