Can death be affordable? What some funeral homes dont want you to know

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Aug 29, 2017

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The median U.S. funeral costs $8,508, not including cemetery costs a 28.6 percent increase over the previous decade. This is just one of the reasons people are considering direct cremation which can be purchased for less than $800.
The good news is even for those opting for traditional burial, there are ways to reduce the total cost.
Alternatives to full-service, traditional funeral home.

Today, there are full-service funeral homes specializing in affordable services. Typically, they avoid expensive real estate and opt for modest office locations saving families $1,000s by reducing their overhead. The saving is passed on to the families. There also are cremation service providers taking the same approach. All funeral homes hold the same licenses and are subject to the same inspections regardless of how much they charge.

Embalming is not required.

Unless you are planning a public viewing, embalming is rarely required, and is not required by the State of Texas. A popular option is having a closed casket, (or the deceased person is not in attendance at all) with a framed photo, enabling people to see the person as they were in life.

Shop around for a casket or urn

You are not required to buy caskets or urns from the funeral home, although most provide a wide range for your convenience. Today, they can be purchased through outlets including Costco and Amazon. And, by Federal Law, the funeral home cant charge you more for providing your own.

Place your own obituary

If a funeral home is going to charge you to coordinate placing the obituary, do it yourself. Most large newspapers provide the capability for you to submit, review and pay for obituaries online so you never speak to a salesperson.

Unlike generations past, there are many funeral options offering the same quality of service at lower costs. The trade-off is you must ask questions; do your research; and be open to the available options. Planning enables you to take your time to make these very emotional and important decisions.



Editors Note: This article was written by Frank Seddio, General Manager and Funeral Director with Local Cremation & Funerals. He can be reached at frank@localcremation.com or 214-343-4040. (See add on page 43 & 137)

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