Funeral costs are hard to estimate online because they can vary greatly. With this page we hope to give you an idea to average funeral costs. For a more specific quote contact us directly. This page references The Funeral Rule. For more information regarding the Funeral Rule, visit this page.

Funeral costs include:

1. Basic services fee for the funeral director and staff

The Funeral Rule allows SereniCare to charge basic service fees that customers cannot decline to pay. The basic service fees includes services that are common to all funerals, regardless of the specific arrangement. These include funeral planning, securing the necessary permits and copies of death certificates, preparing the notices, sheltering the remains, and coordinating the arrangements with the cemetery, crematory or other third parties. The fee does not include charges for optional services or merchandise.

2. Charges for other services and merchandise

These are costs for optional goods and services such as transporting the remains; embalming and other preparation; use of the funeral home for the viewing, ceremony or memorial service; use of equipment and staff for a graveside service; use of a hearse or limousine; a casket, outer burial container or alternate container; and cremation or interment.

Calculating the Actual Funeral Cost

SereniCare will provide you with an itemized statement of the total cost of the funeral goods and services you have selected when you are making the arrangements.

Services and Products

Embalming

SereniCare requires an embalming if you’re planning a viewing or visitation. But embalming generally is not necessary or legally required if the body is buried or cremated shortly after death. Eliminating this service can save you hundreds of dollars.

Caskets

For a “traditional,” full-service funeral:

Caskets vary widely in style and price and are sold primarily for their visual appeal. Typically, they’re constructed of metal, wood, fiberboard, fiberglass or plastic. An average casket costs around $2,000 – $3,000.

When planning a funeral involving a casket, SereniCare will provide you with a list of caskets that we sell, with descriptions and prices. It’s important to know and realize that caskets vary widely in style and price.

No matter where or when you’re buying a casket, it’s important to remember that its purpose is to provide a dignified way to move the body before burial or cremation. No casket, regardless of its qualities or cost, will preserve a body forever. Metal caskets frequently are described as “gasketed,” “protective” or “sealer” caskets. These terms mean that the casket has a rubber gasket or some other feature that is designed to delay the penetration of water into the casket and prevent rust.

Most metal caskets are made from rolled steel of varying gauges – the lower the gauge, the thicker the steel. Some metal caskets come with a warranty for longevity. Wooden caskets generally are not gasketed and don’t have a warranty for longevity. They can be hardwood like mahogany, walnut, cherry or oak, or softwood like pine.

 

Funeral costs have a wide range from a simple cremation to an elaborate viewing and burial service. All of which SereniCare can help estimate the best price possible. Call us today for more information. (800) 214-4790