Funeral Planning Warnings
Stay on top when planning a funeral
Funeral planning can be a trying time for any family. While the funeral industry is there to support and guide you through the process, there are some issues you need to be aware of. The following is a brief list of some cautions to keep in mind when you're planning a funeral:
Caskets are Often Overpriced
A modest, traditional casket can cost upwards of $2,000. This price is quite high if you consider the actual cost involved in the manufacture of the product. While we respect the fact that the funeral industry takes care of a business no one even likes to think about, some caskets have been found to have a markup of 1600 percent - we'd like to help you avoid this kind of pitfall.
Some of the caskets that are pushed by the funeral industry are more beneficial to their bottom line than to your piece of mind. It's possible to buy discount caskets that pay respect to your loved one but don't break your budget. If you're pre-planning, you might even want to look into casket plans for making your own casket.
When you're funeral planning, don't let anyone tell you that you're failing to show love and respect to the decedent if you don't buy the most expensive casket.
Never Buy a Sealed Casket or a Burial Vault
Many funeral industry insiders consider these options to be outright scams. Take the time to learn what is best for your family and loved ones, while keeping in mind both needs and costs. Burial containers are necessary for interment but the cost range is huge - again, you have to steel yourself against any accusations of disrespect if you're trying to plan a funeral on a budget.
Shop Around and Ask Lots of Questions
You may find thousands of dollars in difference between funeral service providers, even within the same community. Some funeral homes have a family name and may seem privately owned (with all original family members on staff); but in fact, they may be owned by a funeral chain that has inflated prices. Choosing a funeral director is one of the most important decisions you'll make, and you'll want to be well prepared.
Grave markers (or tombstones) need not be bought from the same cemetery where the body will be laid to rest. It might be wise to select another cemetery if you're told otherwise. You can always shop around for better deals and selection.
Put Someone Objective in Charge of Funeral Home Arrangements
Someone who is responsible, and is not overwhelmed by the death, will be able to take the time to make sensible choices. Those in grief may be prone to bad judgment and could be easily overwhelmed by the influence of other people. You can save thousands of dollars while funeral planning simply by making decisions that are best for you.