How much does a funeral cost?

Currently, the average cost of traditional funeral services in the United States costs anywhere from $7,000 to $12,000. This range includes the services at the funeral home, burial, merchandise selected(casket,vault etc.), obitauries, death certificates and clergy. And keep in mind that prices may vary greatly, depending on different funeral homes and their location in the country. Costs for cremation services can vary as well, but the average cremation is $1600 to $4,000. Cremation is generally less expensive than traditional funeral services, if no viewing or visitation is involved. Both traditional and cremation services can be less than the average stated above.  Niagara County Department of Social Services Does contribute to funeral expenses.  Please contact us to discuss any pricing questions.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people.  The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies).  Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral.  The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well.  Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.  

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