Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation Cost Controls. What You can do to Control Them
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Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation; How Much Money Does It Take to Pay for Final Arrangements?  What Can I do about It?
Funeral Home, Cemetery and Cremation costs are the things, of a practical nature, that final arrangements planning can really make a difference with. The following chart lays out a range of costs for key elements in the final arrangements process and offers some ideas and alternatives. You may have some ideas we can share with everyone. Please email them to us. Email: Final Arrangements Mail @

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Funeral Home Service

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$700 to $2,000 Have more than one Funeral Home to use and know what the charges are for services and goods you need before you need them. Look for Budget Funeral Services & Memorial Society

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Move the Deceased

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$150 to $1,000 Will be part of services from whomever you choose 

Memorial Society

Preparations of Deceased

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$300 to $600 Eliminate by choosing cremation where it should not be necessary to perform

Memorial Society

Cremation Service

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$600 to $1,000 Compare services and prices from several of these sources; Memorial Society, Cremation Society, Internet Companies, Local Cremation Company

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$400 to $600 If you don't need it don't allow it

Not Legally required except in cases where body is to move across state lines. Usually done by the funeral home to accommodate visitation and display of deceased or an extended period of time between death and burial.

Funeral Home Visitations

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$600 to $1,200 Eliminate or reduce. Have a memorial service without body present at a church or private home rather than the funeral home 
Funeral Home Procession Services

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$600 to $2,000

Limit size of funeral home staff and automobiles used

Cemetery; Lot, Crypt, Lawn Crypt, Mausoleum Crypt, Scatter

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$500 to $20,000

Purchase from Private owner

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Cemetery and Burial Plots for Sale

Funeral Flowers, Obituary, Registry and Cards

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$300 to $2,000 Buy directly and not through funeral home

Eliminate or reduce any item

Caskets & Urns

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$100 to $10,000 Choose and Purchase from one of the Alternatives listed here; Casket and Urn Retailer, Internet, Casket Kit, Private owner, The Cemetery Registry

Caskets & Urns; Pay 50% to 70% less at a Casket Store

Caskets for Sale       ¥      Cremation Urns for Sale

Burial Vaults

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$200 to $8,000 Choose and Purchase from one of the Alternatives listed here; Casket Retailer or Internet, The Cemetery

Burial; Save thousands if you get the right Burial Vault.

Marker, Memorial, Monument, Grave Stone

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$400 to $10,000 Don't rush into this purchase. You can better handle this after the funeral. Look for an Internet Retailer, Local Monument Shop, The Cemetery.

Cemetery Memorial, Monument and Headstone for Final Arrangements Preplanning; Cemetery memorials, monuments and headstones information, help and advice when preplanning final arrangements.

Grave Markers, Memorial, Monuments for Sale

Grave Marker Base

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$200 to $1,000 Don't rush into this purchase. You can better handle this after the funeral Look for an Internet Retailer, Local Monument Shop, The Cemetery.

Learn More about Grave Markers and  Memorials

Disclaimer: Costs used are rough estimates over a broad range to encompass market variables and should not be taken as definitive nor reflective of any particular market.

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