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Funeral Costs

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If you are in the position of planning a funeral or memorial service for a loved one you should be aware that the funeral costs don’t have to be significant. In fact, many families are able to spend under $2,500 for a perfectly memorable and nice service to honor their loved one who has passed. In the past, funerals have traditionally been an expensive endeavor however with the current economic situation many families are simply unable to spend a lot of money. It is important to recognize that while it is okay to spend a significant amount of money on a funeral for your loved one, it is not a requirement and does not indicate the amount of love you hold in your heart for your loved one who has passed.

The funeral home that you chose can provide you with options for a less expensive service, but most of the time you have to ask. In general the funeral costs include a basic service fee, optional services fees, and cash disbursements. The basic services funeral costs includes items such as the use of the funeral home, burial arrangement coordination, securing permits, as well as the services of a funeral director. Optional service funeral costs typically include items such as embalming, times for a funeral wake, transporting the deceased’s body, the use of a hearse, the actual burial container or casket, interment, and cremation. Cash disbursements include items that the funeral home purchases on your behalf and may include items such as flowers, pallbearers, obituary notices, clergy services, and musicians with.

It is important to also know that in the United States, funeral service providers must supply you with a statement of all of the funeral costs for those goods and services that you choose to utilize. If the funeral director does not have an exact price to provide to you, then he or she must provide a written good faith estimate. If the funeral home that you choose does not provide this information to you upfront, then you should seriously consider choosing another one. If you are making funeral arrangements then most likely it is not an easy time for you and the last thing you need at a time like this is any complications.

We are here to assist you in making a memorable tribute in a way that reflects the beliefs, the life and the wishes of your dearly departed. Working together, we customize the celebration of your loved one’s life.

If you find yourself in need of a minister to walk you through this difficult time in your life please call Houston Minister Services today at 713-208-2025.

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