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Hello, my name is Damian. Until last year, I had never planned a funeral. However, when both of my parents passed away within weeks of each other, I suddenly had to plan two. I was experiencing such grief that I didn't know where to start. Thankfully, my friend put me in touch with a fantastic funeral home who guided me through the entire process. They looked after the bodies, recommended a church and helped to arrange transport for guest. I decided to start this blog to help others who need to plan a funeral. I hope you find the information useful.

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Primary Funeral Costs You Will Incur When A Loved One Passes On

by Christopher King

Funeral arrangements, undeniably, are some of the most heart-breaking logistics to organise. When someone close to you dies, you not only have to experience the grief, but you also have to engage in this emotionally challenging process of ensuring that the deceased gets a proper send-off. While money may seem like the last thing to agonise over when a loved one is no more, it does play a crucial role in the internment, memorial and so on of your loved one. Therefore, it is critical to ensure that you have familiarised yourself with the potential costs that you will have to deal with on short notice. Below are the primary funeral costs you will incur when a loved one passes on.

Urn vs Casket 

One of the first expenses to consider is how your deceased loved one's remains will be contained. Caskets are the most popular option for a majority of people, but caskets can be quite expensive. Pine caskets are some of the most affordable in the market, while hardwood timber species such as mahogany are quite expensive. If your loved one had expressly decided to be cremated, you will find urns are much more affordable than their casket counterparts are. Nonetheless, this does not mean that all urns come cheap. Intricately designed urns made from precious metals will definitely cost more than a plain, pewter urn.

Burial plot

If you have chosen a casket for your deceased loved one, you then have to determine whether you will intern their remains in a burial plot or in a vault. Burial plots can be a no-cost alternative if your family already has a designated plot for loved ones. If this is not the case, you will then have to pay the cemetery for this plot. The prices of cemetery plots range depending on availability. Thus, if the cemetery you have chosen is short on space, then you will have to pay more for the piece of land. You also have the option of a vault in a mausoleum, but this could prove more expensive than a burial plot in a cemetery.

Transport and preparation of the body

The third expense you will incur as part of the funeral costs is the transportation and preparation of the deceased's body. If you will be having an open casket funeral, the body will need to be embalmed, dressed and cosmetics will be applied to the deceased so that the body is presentable for the open casket. Moreover, the period it takes to prepare for the funeral will incur storage costs at the funeral home. If you have opted for cremation, you will only incur the costs of transporting the body and its incineration.

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