We will have to plan a funeral at least once in our lives, whether it’s for a loved one or we are pre-planning our own. However, funerals can be very expensive, especially if not done right. For this reason, it is extremely important that your funeral home is trustworthy and has your best interests at heart.
Here are 5 useful tips to help you plan any funeral efficiently:
Know the basics of a funeral
Inform yourself about what happens at a funeral, and the options you can choose from. First is to prepare the corpse, and then comes the ceremony, followed by the interment. You will have to choose cremation or embalming, where the service will be held, whether there will be body viewing, ground or tomb burial, and so on.
Always ask for a general price list, if you are not given one
When you inquire at a funeral home, you must always be given a price list. If not, ask for one. You can even take this home if you need more time to think. Even if you’re on a call, the funeral home should inform you about the price list one way or the other. Emailing it to you is effective. This will help you make informed decisions.
You don’t always have to choose a package
Many funeral homes offer packages but they may include too much or too little, depending on your needs. Know that you are not required to buy the whole package. You can unbundle and buy individually.
Learn what you have to know about caskets
Caskets are often the most expensive part of a funeral. They can even go up to thousands of dollars. When you approach a funeral home, you should be shown the price list of caskets first. Only expensive caskets may be displayed, so don’t hesitate to ask to see the cheaper ones. Check with independent providers as well.
You can always opt for more affordable options
If you cannot afford to spend a lot, you can always opt for less expensive options like a direct cremation or a direct burial. These can cut out a lot of expenditures and are more budget-friendly.
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