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Don't overspend when planning a funeral.
Funerals are Expensive.
By almost any measure, funerals are expensive. According to statistics from the National Funeral Directors Association, the national median cost of a funeral with a metal casket for 2012 was $7,045.00. And, this cost does not include a limousine, motorcycle escort, cemetery costs, monument or marker costs, or other outside charge items, such as flowers and obituaries.
Why Have A Casket At All?
Just remember, no matter how much is spent, no casket will cause human remains to remain intact indefinitely! All caskets perform the same function: They act as a receptacle designed to allow the dignified display of the deceased during the visitation and funeral ceremony, and as a protective container to hold the deceased after burial. In an attempt to lower funeral costs, some families may investigate third party providers, such as casket stores, internet casket retailers, or cemeteries, which offer caskets at reduced “sale” prices, leading one to believe that when the family goes to the funeral home, the funeral director's charges will be minimal.
Investment and Overhead
Because the casket is the largest tangible item visible when arranging a funeral, most families conclude that it is the major cost component in the price of the funeral being arranged.
Not so! The costs which most influence the price of funeral service are investment and overhead. Funerals are a service, provided by highly trained personnel, who are required by the State of Ohio to be college educated, certified and licensed by the state, and who are always on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, using specialized facilities, equipment, and vehicles.
The typical funeral director has invested hundreds of thousands (in many cases, millions) of dollars into his or her mortuary facility and motor vehicles. Payroll expenses, facilities acquisition and maintenance, and automotive equipment comprise 80% of the costs invested to provide the funeral service you select.
Don't Be Fooled By Deceptive