Most people don’t know what’s involved in funerals, so they have no clue about expenses involved either. Knowing the expenses involved can help you plan a comfortable budget. At The Jerry Spears Company, we are always willing to provide a detailed breakdown of all expenses involved. Here are some things to keep in mind:
1. What are the basic expenses involved?
Basic plan involves all services provided in-house by a funeral home on a standard funeral. Its cost covers everything and there are no hidden costs to surprise you later. It’s important to discuss what is involved in this plan. Most funeral homes will provide:
Sheltering the remains until funeral or cremation
Getting paperwork, including death certificates
Making arrangements with a crematorium or cemetery
Some funeral homes will include more services in their basic plan so be sure to discuss with them before deciding.
2. Are there any optional/special expenses?
Funeral homes don’t provide all services required but they can hire third-party vendors on your behalf. This cost is sometimes included in a basic plan, but most funeral homes do charge separately for it. Third-party vendor services can include transporting the body, limousine or hearse service, embalming, funeral/memorial ceremony, casket, urns, etc. When you request a quote from a funeral home, make sure it includes all services you need.
3. What is cash advance?
Funeral homes will require cash advance for third-party vendor services because they need to pay others for all services. This cash advance depends on what you require like musicians, priests, celebrants, pall-bearers, and other such additional options. The cash advance amount will be included in your quote so you can decide what fits in the budget.
If you want to know more about funeral services and pre-planning, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Jerry Spears Company. Our team will be happy to help.