Funerals are very expensive enterprises. The average funeral in the United States costs about $7,000, though expenses often exceed this figure. The reason why funerals are so expensive is because all of them have a myriad of constituent costs which add up. By preplanning with Tolleson, AZ funeral homes, you’ll be able to see what items and services you may need to pay for. You can make your preparations and arrangements accordingly. 

The precise expense of a funeral depends firstly on the kind of service you want to have. If you choose to have a direct cremation, for example, you’ll only need to pay about $1,000 in total, because the only cost incurred in that process is the price of the actual cremation itself. A direct cremation occurs before a funeral or memorial service takes place. As a result, you’ll be able to avoid every other expense. If a direct cremation seems too impersonal and you wish to hold a traditional funeral service, there are other expenses you’ll encounter. 

The first costs you’ll come across are the embalming fees to preserve the body for the funeral ceremony. Embalming fees are usually amount to a few hundred dollars. 

The next cost is for the casket. Caskets usually cost above $1,000. However, if you’re planning on having a cremation, you don’t need to purchase a casket. Rather, you can rent one for the service and then return it to the funeral home. This will save you a significant amount of money. 

If you’re planning on a burial service, in addition to the casket and the plot, the cemetery will likely require you to purchase a grave liner. This will go under the casket as the body is lowered into the grave and is designed to prevent cave-ins. 

Other fees in a traditional funeral include visitation fees, amenities for guests in attendance, and general labor fees to the staff of the funeral home. These general fees cover activities which include making the arrangements for documents such as the death certificate and necessary permits, and making plans with the cemetery, should a burial be due to take place there. 

It’s important that you discuss each of these fees with the Tolleson, AZ funeral homes that you’re doing business with. The Federal Trade Commission has mandates in place that require transparency and the funeral director will have to tell you the exact price of each good and service you’re looking at. If you have any further questions about the funeral preplanning process, please don’t hesitate to contact Sean and Cynthia Thompson of the Thompson Funeral Chapel. With decades of experience as funeral directors, they’ll be able to guide you through every potential funerary cost with efficiency, and with compassion and empathy for your emotional and financial needs. You can contact them by calling (623) 932-1780. The Thompson Funeral Chapel is located at 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Its crematory, Simply Cremation, can be found at 16952 W Bell Rd #303, Surprise, AZ 85374.

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