Funeral Cost Calculator

Traditional funeral figures

For traditional funerals, a lot of people in the US will end up paying upwards of $10000. A funeral will be one of the top four most expensive purchases most people can expect to make. There are a number of ways to lessen this cost, while still planning a meaningful and tasteful ceremony.

There are several ways to lessen the expense of a funeral. You can have an alternative funeral such as a green burial or a cremation. You can also personalize the funeral to avoid some of the extra costs involved with the traditional funeral.

If you're planning a funeral, this worksheet can be a great tool to help you estimate the costs you might incur in a number of common categories. The easiest way to ensure you're getting the best value is to plan ahead. Keep in mind when making use of this sheet, your funeral plans may be more or less complex than what is listed here. The more you know about the kind of funeral and burial you'd like to plan, the more accurate your data will be.

Funeral Cost Calculator
Basic services of funeral director and staff $
Embalming $
Other preparations for the body $
Viewing and ceremony $
Cemetery and graveside $
Transfer of remains to funeral home $
Hearse $
Limousine $
Casket / Cremation Urn $
Burial / Urn vault / Liner $
Monument / Memorial / Tombstone $
Burial clothing $
Floral arrangements $
Food $
Airfare and accommodations $
Other $

Make sure you shop around when you're planning a funeral. If you're pre-planning your own funeral, you'll have lots of time to research the best choices. If you're dealing with the loss of a loved one you'll want to enlist the assistance of someone who isn't so closely involved with the deceased. They'll be able to help you make rational decisions in the face of stress. Another tip: to get a clearer idea of the costs for various services or products in your location, it's worthwhile to do a bit of research into current prices with funeral professionals in your area.

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