Funeral Planning Tips That Save Money
By Jason Gibson Parsons
In 2009, the average funeral cost between $7500 and
$9000. While you want to ensure that your loved ones
receive the respect and dignity they deserve, there are
several ways to manage the costs of a funeral without
compromising the dignity of the departed.
A difficult but important step in arranging a
cost-effective funeral is to plan ahead. Shop around to
determine the cost of the casket, embalming, gravesite,
and related expenditures. Consult impartial sources -
not just your funeral director - before deciding on any
particular option. Remember to check for military
benefits to which your loved one may be entitled.
Oftentimes, the U.S. Deparment of Defense will provide a
headstone or marker, for example, in honor of a veteran.
Consider also the fact that funeral homes sell their
caskets, headstones, plaques, and markers at retail
prices, but the manufacturers may offer the same items
online for 50-70% less. If you do not feel up to the
task of "shopping around," ask for an itemized estimate
from your funeral director or planner. Know that the
Federal Trade Commission requires all funeral
professionals to give you this information.
Although the funeral home will hold a service in honor
of your loved one for a price, remember to consult with
your church, if you are a member of one, about holding
the service there. Keep in mind that a funeral home is a
business, whose purpose is to sell its services for
profit, while your church is a non-profit organization
dedicated to offering its services despite the cost.
Last, bring a trusted friend, who was not as close to
your loved one, to the funeral home. Let your friend
help negotiate with the funeral director to reach a fair
agreement. You can provide a wonderful funeral at a
fraction of the cost if you can take the time to weigh
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