According to the National Funeral Directors Association, back in 2009 it was broken down just like this. I think you will be surprised in comparison to my charges. These are Basic charges for the basic necessities to have a basic funeral. No bells or whistles, just the basics. No flowers, no cemetery charges. Nothing else than what you would find essential to have a service.
REMEMBER! These are charges you will pay at the Funeral Home ONLY! (funeral home services)
In the greater Phoenix area there is a cemetery were you can purchase a plot for $3,100. This price includes the opening and closing and a grave box.
That's another topic and the cemetery price is not included in the funeral home charges I am presenting here.
Amazing isnt it?
Again, I remind you that those prices presented by the NFDA were as of 5 years ago, I could not get my hands on package breakdowns for 2009. Only the total cost. Avenidas pricing is as of today, 2011.
NFDA Survey Avenidas
Basic Service of the Funeral Director and staff
Transfer of Deceased to Funeral home
Dressing, Casketing and cosmetics
Use of Facilities and staff for a viewing
Use of Facilities and staff for a ceremony
Use of Hearse
Use of service car
Basic Memorial Printing Package
metal casket, 20 gauge non-gasketed
This years the cost of a funeral is estimated to be about $7,250 if we follow the trends presented by the NFDA graph thru 2011.
So there you have it, in a nutshell. This is not just some "disgruntled" funeral home owner sharing his personal views on funeral pricing. (I have been called that on more than one occasion) Just a guy bringing you the averages of approximately 3,000 funeral homes on a survey conducted by the National Funeral Directors Association formal survey in 2009. Now it may be 2 years old but I also provide the same funeral package estimate at today's prices from the NFDA.
For more information on your options to pay for a funeral , click on the blue link and read: "How are we going to pay for this funeral?"