How Much Does a Funeral Generally Cost?

Monday, April 11, 2022

Funeral costs vary by state, with the highest average being a whopping $14,975 in Hawaii. Still, despite the averages being available to look at per state (and being wildly different), it can be hard to understand how much a funeral actually costs.

If you're looking at putting together a funeral and asking yourself, "How much does a funeral cost?", we can help.

Read on to find everything you need to know about the subject.

Funeral Costs to Consider

The truth is, planning a funeral looks very different for everyone and the costs very much depend on the type of service you're putting together. For the most part, there are a few aspects to think about:

  • The service fee
  • The funeral home rental and the staff
  • The cremation or burial casket
  • Embalming
  • Transportation

These are, of course, just the things that most people tend to go for. Cremation is cheaper than burial which may be something to think about, and this is usually because there is no embalming and often no viewing.

A burial involves paying for the space and the headstone.

Many people also opt for dinners, like a funeral reception. This means the price will increase because you have to pay for a venue as well as food and drinks for the guest. Some people also opt to pay for transportation.

Because of this, the price of the funeral very much depends on the kind of funeral you want to have. To some, a funeral is very important; others are happy with more convenient options. You should be true to yourself and prepare for the price of a funeral.

Can the Cost Be Lowered?

When preplanning a funeral, people are often shocked by the price of one. Many people don't have life insurance policies and worry about the cost to their family when they pass or want the money to go towards better things.

If you have money put aside for a funeral, then that's great. If you're one of the people who doesn't then yes, you can absolutely lower the cost of a funeral if you know the right things to do.

Make sure you explore your options. Preplanning is also a great option in general because you can sign off on the price now and then it won't rise with inflation, meaning there will be no nasty surprises when you price something and then discover it's a lot more than you thought later.

You then also have time to save and can make sure you can afford the funeral you really want. 

How Much Does a Funeral Cost? It Depends — But It Doesn't Have to Be a Lot

When starting to research answers to the question, "How much does a funeral cost?", you may be shocked by the averages. Inflation has affected them a lot, and there are a lot of factors that go into planning a funeral.

You don't have to be overwhelmed. If you're thinking about preplanning a funeral, request a consultation with us today and we can help.

At Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory, we want to take care of you and your family in any way possible. Our services include traditional funeral services, celebration of life services, cremations, selection of memorial and headstones, and more.  

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