You shouldn’t look at a funeral solely as a ceremony for a deceased loved one. That’s a good way for you and your family to lose thousands of dollars very quickly. Rather, you should view a funeral as a business contract. Within that contract are certain items that you can add or subtract according to what’s best for your business – in this case, the financial and emotional health of your family in the aftermath of a loved one’s death. When you’re talking about funerary plans with Cranston, RI funeral homes, here are some of the expenses you’re going to encounter.
The first costs you’ll have to pay are the embalming fees to preserve the body for the funeral ceremony or service. If you plan on having a direct cremation, you can avoid these, and any other funeral expenses except for the cremation itself. However, if you plan on having a funeral service with the body, you’ll need to pay to have the body embalmed, for reasons which should be obvious.
If you’ve indeed decided on having a traditional funeral, you’ll also need to pay for the cost of the service itself and potentially any amenities for guests in attendance, such as food. A casket to contain the body will be another expense, though if you’re planning on having a cremation after the funeral, you can rent it instead of buying it, which will save you a significant amount of money. Take note that funeral homes can’t legally require you to purchase a casket if you’re planning on having a cremation.
If you’ve chosen a traditional funeral that ends in a burial at a cemetery, you’ll have other expenses. In addition to needing to purchase the casket, you’ll need to have bought a burial plot and a gravestone to go over that plot.
Once you understand all the expenses involved in a funeral, you’ll be better able to pick and choose the ones that you want actually to pay. You and your family can discuss what kind of service you wish to have with more clarity. Picking what’s important to you will permit you the best combination of savings and emotional or spiritual fulfillment.
Of course, planning for a funeral can never be an easy process because of the emotions involved in it. That’s why it’s always best to contact an experienced funeral director who can help you.
If you live in the area and have any questions or concerns about the planning process with Cranston, RI funeral homes, please don’t hesitate to contact Michael at the Frank P. Trainor and Sons Funeral Home. With decades of experience as a funeral director, he’ll walk you through the preplanning process with professionalism, efficiency, and empathy for your needs at this critical time in your life. You can reach him by calling (401) 461-4843. The Frank P. Trainor and Sons Funeral Home can be found at 982 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, RI 02888, which is about 10 minutes away from the downtown Providence area.