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Unforeseen Funeral Costs You Should Be Prepared For

Published: December 31, 2021

Preparing for a funeral is quite expensive. According to the National Funeral Directors Association or NFDA, the average cost of a funeral with a viewing and burial is more than $7,000. A funeral with cremation is a little cheaper by a few hundred dollars.

These prices can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never taken care of your loved one’s funeral before. Unfortunately, there are other unexpected funeral expenses you should prepare for. Here are some of them:

  • Cost of Funeral Flowers

    Most funeral homes don’t include the cost of flowers in their packages. So, if you want to have some flowers displayed during the service, expect to pay additional fees, which usually range from $250 to $1,000. And if you want to have some wreaths displayed, be ready to pay for add-ons. You can shop around online for cheaper flowers that don’t have any added fees.

  • Price of Obituaries

    Brief death notices are usually printed for free. But if you want a full obituary that includes pertinent information such as the full life story of the deceased, you will have to pay a fee. The price will depend on how much space will be used in the newspaper. Generally, it may cost you around $400 to $500.

  • Vault and Grave Plot Fees

    Your expenses don’t end when you purchase a burial plot. Most cemeteries would require you to use a vault too, which can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000. In addition, you’ll also have to pay an additional fee of $300 to $500 for opening the grave. The price might also go up if you choose to hold the funeral during weekends.

Get in Touch With Gamez & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services Today!

Aside from the ones listed above, there are many other unforeseen funeral expenses you should be prepared for. But if you want to avoid dealing with unexpected funeral costs, the best thing you can do is to consider advanced funeral planning or pre-arranging your own service. By doing so, you will not only save money. You’ll also lift the financial burden off of your loved one’s shoulders. Contact us now for more details!

Tips on Managing Your Funeral Spending

Published: December 9, 2021

Managing funeral costs at a trying time can be very difficult. With the overwhelming emotions and stress that you are experiencing, you might not be able to focus on making decisions about how much you should spend for the service.

If your departed loved ones have already pre-planned their own funeral, then you no longer have to worry about the costs of the service. But if this is not the case, here are some tips to help you keep the funeral costs under control.

  • Check Your Budget

As the surviving family member or friend of the deceased, you’d surely want to give the best end-of-life celebration for your departed loved one. But this doesn’t mean it’s okay for you to spend more than what you can afford. So, before checking around for funeral services, make sure to gauge your budget and estimate the amount you’re willing to spend without breaking your bank.

  • Decide Whether to Have a Burial or Cremation

Burial and cremation services can both be expensive. However, some people would say that you will be able to save more on cremation. According to a survey conducted by the National Funeral Directors Association or NFDA in 2017, burial service costs are higher than cremation.

  • Compare the Prices of the Funeral Homes

The “Funeral Rule” of the Federal Trade Commission or FTC requires all funeral homes in the country to provide their consumers with accurate price information and other disclosures about the funeral goods and services they offer. Having said that, don’t be afraid to ask your prospective funeral parlors for their price lists. This way, you’ll be able to compare their fees.

But this doesn’t mean that you should automatically choose whichever provides the lowest price. Remember to check the quality of the products and services they offer as well.

Contact Gamez & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services Today!

At Gamez & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, we understand how hard it is for our customers to manage their funeral spending when they are still grieving. And we wouldn’t want to add more burdens to them. This is why we strive to always provide them with the quality services they deserve at affordable prices. Call us now for more information!

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