What Goes in to the Expense of a Standard Funeral

By: George Darte
Monday, March 15, 2021

Funerals is a lengthy procedure involving a select team of experts and a variety of independent providers. You need to employ a funeral director, reserve a spot in a burial ground, provide space for a funeral or memorial service, etc. Both of these things will cost you money, and most people don't know how much. We at Darte Funeral Home clarify all the expenses to customers. Here's a short rundown on what is involved:

Basic Expenditure

Most simple service costs are normally included in the funeral package. The service provider would charge a fixed price, which includes the following services:

  • Preparation by the funeral director
  • Cost of licenses, notices, permits, death certificates, and other necessary documentation.
  • Storage of ashes before the funeral or cremation takes place.
  • Agreements with a crematorium or cemetery.

Many funeral providers charge a general fee on certain services, so it is best to inquire what is included in the standard package to ensure that there are no hidden expenses.

Optional Service Costs

These arrangements can be arranged by employing third-party contractors by the funeral director. If you opt for the services of a funeral director, double-check the rates and make sure they are fair. These expenditures may include:

  • Transport of the body
  • Embalming (necessary in the case of an open casket funeral service)
  • Transportation 
  • Funeral or memorial services
  • Urns or caskets

Some other costs include recruiting pallbearers, clergy or celebrants, floral arrangements, media, etc. Most funeral homes will request cash advances to be paid in full for third-party providers. Get a written quote covering all the costs from the funeral director. 

If you want to know more about funeral services or would like to pre-arrange a funeral service, reach out to us at Darte Funeral Home. You can call (905) 937-4444 or use our contact form.

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