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Cost Breakdown of Funeral Services (2024)

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Sarah Fuhrmann is an agent of Ashford Insurance an independent health insurance agency specializing in Texas Medicare insurance.

According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the median cost of a funeral in 2024 is $9,995 including a burial service, viewing, and vault. This figure excludes the cemetery plot, headstone, flowers, and obituary.

Cost Breakdown of Funeral Services (2024)

According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the median cost of a funeral in 2024 is $9,995 including a burial service, viewing, and vault. This figure excludes the cemetery plot, headstone, flowers, and obituary.

Here’s a breakdown of typical funeral expenses:

  • Funeral Home Service Fees: This includes basic services like arranging the funeral, securing permits, and coordinating with the cemetery. The average cost is around $2,195.
  • Transportation: The cost of transporting the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home typically falls between $350 and $700.
  • Embalming: Embalming is the process of preserving the body for viewing. It can cost around $750. Some funeral homes may offer less expensive body preparation options.
  • Viewing or Visitation: Funeral homes typically have facilities for families to hold viewings or visitations. These services can range from $425 to $1000 depending on the complexity.
  • Funeral Ceremony: Funeral home staff can also facilitate a funeral ceremony with various service packages. The average cost is around $500.
  • Hearse: The hearse transports the deceased from the funeral home to the cemetery. This typically costs around $340.
  • Casket: Caskets can vary significantly in price depending on the material and features. A metal casket can cost around $2,500, while a more basic option could be several thousand dollars less.

Important to Note:

  • These are average costs and can vary depending on your location, the funeral home you choose, and the specific services you select.
  • It’s always best to get quotes from multiple funeral homes before making a decision. Be sure to ask about all associated fees and services included in their packages.
  • You have the right to choose only the services you want and can decline anything that is not essential to you.

By understanding these typical costs and your options, you can make informed decisions when planning a funeral. Consider a life insurance or final expense policy to offset these and the many related costs.

 

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Sarah Fuhrmann

Sarah Fuhrmann has been helping Medicare eligibles in Texas with their Medicare Insurance since 2018.