Funeral Homes - 1000 Percent Markup
By Diane Gracely
Do you know that Funeral Homes have a 1000% markup on
their products and services that they offer you? Well
Here is an example. They buy their urns that they sell
to consumers from Turkey or India for approximately $30,
they then sell them to consumers at prices of $200 to
The average crematory charges $250 per cremation. Do you
know what the funeral home is charging you for that
cremation? Yes, take a guess!
It is a real shame that they are charging 1000% markups
on their products and services. In my opinion they are
taking advantage of people when they are in a desperate
time of need. Besides the fact, the people are grieving
over just losing a family member. The people are
sometimes not thinking straight.
The problem with this is that people do not have much
choice. The only person legally authorized to transport
the deceased from the place of death to a crematory or
funeral home is a Licensed Funeral Director.
BUT hold on.... this is slowly changing! Some cities and
towns now have licensed funeral directors opening their
own business outside of a funeral home and offering low
cost services such as direct cremations. They will
transport the deceased straight to the crematory for
you, and the cremation will be processed and the ashes
(remains) will be returned to you. You may then hold
your own private memorial service in your home if you
prefer. You may scatter the ashes or keep them stored in
an urn. The choice is yours. This method will save you
alot of money!
Whether you are pre-planning your own arrangements, or
you just lost a loved one. Do some research! If you are
looking to save some money, or you cannot afford the
1000% markup of costs... look around, do some research,
you do have other choices. You can choose a direct
cremation service not associated with the 1000% markup
of a funeral home. Or if you or your family member do
not want to be cremated you can go through a funeral
home, BUT that does not mean you have to pay for one of
their urns or caskets, you can opt to buy your own from
a discount casket outlet, or online. AND you do not have
to opt for a memorial service to be held at the funeral
home, you may decide to have it at your church or in
It is not a law that you HAVE to buy the products and
services offered by funeral homes. You may buy a
cremation urn or casket from anywhere you choose. AND it
is not a law that you must have a memorial service at a
funeral home. You may choose not to have one at all if
you prefer not too.
Cremation urns can be purchased online for $100 to $250
rather than $200 to $1200 at a funeral home.
Caskets can be purchased for a $1,000 to $2,000 savings
from a discount outlet and they will even have the
casket shipped to wherever you need it to go.
By not having a memorial service at a funeral home will
save you another $1,000 - $5,000.
It's your choice... pay 1000% markup or do it your way
and SAVE BIG!
Diane Gracely founder of Ashes2Urns Inc does cremation
and funeral cost research. She is a wood artist who
makes beautiful unique cremation urns and pet urns.