The following are four basic areas to consider when discussing costs with a funeral director:
Fee for professional services.
Professional services vary depending on the funeral service requested, but usually include items such as: transportation of the deceased; securing burial or cremation permits; embalming; consultation with the family, clergy or cemetery staff; providing staff for the funeral service; use of the funeral home’s chapel and facilities; personalized service cards, guest register & stationery; and the use of funeral vehicles and other specialized equipment.
Purchase or rental of a casket and/or cremation container.
Depending on whether the deceased will be buried, cremated, or placed in a mausoleum, the purchase of these items, and a monument will need to be arranged.
In Alberta, burial must be made in registered cemeteries. Costs vary widely, so ask your cemetery or funeral home about burial costs and options. If cremation is requested, there are fees for cremation, and placement of the deceased in a cemetery or mausoleum.
These include newspaper notices, musicians, clergy honorariums, and flowers. Each service is a personal reflection of the life of the deceased, so costs can vary considerably.
If you are comparing different funeral homes, remember there is more to consider than costs – some funeral homes offer more services than others, or unique services to better serve the family. It can also be a good idea to visit the funeral home facilities before making a decision so that you are better informed.