Ask Experts Questions for FREE Help !
Ask
    Happy2balive's Avatar
    Happy2balive Posts: 10, Reputation: 1
    New Member
     
    #1

    Apr 17, 2012, 12:36 PM
    Does anyone know how much a cremation and memorial service costs?
    I am just beginning to think ahead to the day I can retire and am trying to figure out my fincial needs. Although I don't even want to think about not being here I want to make sure I tuck a little away so I don't leave someone else with my final expenses.

    All I really want is a cremation and a 2 hour memorial service. If I have an idea of the costs today I can take a better guess at what they will be down the road.

    Thanks!
    Wondergirl's Avatar
    Wondergirl Posts: 38,804, Reputation: 5431
    Jobs & Parenting Expert
     
    #2

    Apr 17, 2012, 01:07 PM
    Do you want to be embalmed before cremation? You may have to be if you want a public viewing of you lying in your casket at the funeral home or church. What will happen to your ashes? Will they be scattered somewhere or buried? What kind of an urn will you want them put into? Do you have a gravesite or even just a cemetery picked out if you want your ashes buried? What kind of memorial service do you want and where? -- religious? Secular? Will there be a big bash at a local restaurant?

    My advice is to meet with the funeral planner at one or more funeral homes in your area. I discovered the process isn't cut and dried with firm costs and can vary depending on what services you wish and what your survivors might want.
    Wondergirl's Avatar
    Wondergirl Posts: 38,804, Reputation: 5431
    Jobs & Parenting Expert
     
    #3

    Apr 17, 2012, 02:34 PM
    In the comments section when giving rep --
    Quote Originally Posted by happy2balive
    Thank you Wondergirl, I am only thinking of being cremated and having my urn at the funeral home for a short memorial service-no public viewing, no burial. I am not quite ready yet to take my question to a funeral planner but I DO appreciate the....
    There are urns and there are urns--plain ones and pretty ones and magnificent ones. What will become of the urn? Will it sit on someone's fireplace mantel?

    A funeral planner will go through a list of questions and come up with a dollar figure for you. At least that will give you a ballpark figure for your savings plan. Of course, you are under no obligation to sign anything with the planner.
    ScottGem's Avatar
    ScottGem Posts: 64,966, Reputation: 6056
    Computer Expert and Renaissance Man
     
    #4

    Apr 17, 2012, 02:53 PM
    Many funeral planners offer prepaid funerals. You can pay for it now at today's prices and be assured your plans are set.

    Funeral prices can also vary by area, so you are best shopping around in your area.
    Happy2balive's Avatar
    Happy2balive Posts: 10, Reputation: 1
    New Member
     
    #5

    Apr 18, 2012, 05:19 AM
    Thanks to you both. I am not quite ready to pre-plan but I guess it won't hurt to ask questions.
    ScottGem's Avatar
    ScottGem Posts: 64,966, Reputation: 6056
    Computer Expert and Renaissance Man
     
    #6

    Apr 18, 2012, 05:31 AM
    Won't cost anything to ask either.
    Fr_Chuck's Avatar
    Fr_Chuck Posts: 81,302, Reputation: 7692
    Expert
     
    #7

    Apr 18, 2012, 06:20 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by ScottGem View Post
    Many funeral planners offer prepaid funerals. You can pay for it now at today's prices and be assured your plans are set.

    Funeral prices can also vary by area, so you are best shopping around in your area.
    You have to be very very careful on "prepaid" services, we had one for dad when he died, well he had bought it 20 years earlier and they would only credit him the value of the funeral at the time 20 years ago. It paid 2000 dollars toward his 10,000 funeral.

    If they do not have clauses for inflation you can still be stuck.

    Also we had a aunt who had one from a funeral home that closed, not worth the paper it was written on.
    jo8xp20's Avatar
    jo8xp20 Posts: 1, Reputation: 2
    New Member
     
    #8

    Apr 23, 2012, 03:47 PM
    You do not have to use a funeral home at all. If you work directly with the crematorium, you can save even thousands of dollars. It cost about 1100 dollars to go direct. I little more secretarial type work will have to be done yourself, but it is certainly not worth a couple grande to have someone else do it. If you have a document that contains all the info needed to fill out a death certificate, write your own obituary, leave a legal will and financial information at least available if not in order and in the green, and tell someone what you would like to have at your service, then it will be a piece of cake, no offense, for the appointed responsible party that is to care for you after your gone. You can even just have a bank account, at a bank other then your normal bank , that you have a trusted individuals name on and keep the estimated costs in it. I planned a lovely cremation and memorial service with about 100 attendees for only a Little over 2 grande including the urn and flowers! Took research, leg work and the help of ordering online and the help of my church. If you do use a funeral home, they are required by law to use any urn or casket you have sent to them if you order something for less money online and they are required by law to tell you if a cost of any part of the package is unnecessary.

Not your question? Ask your question View similar questions

 

Question Tools Search this Question
Search this Question:

Advanced Search

Add your answer here.


Check out some similar questions!

Rapid Delivery Service reports the following costs and expenses in June 2011. [ 2 Answers ]

Rapid Delivery Service reports the following costs and expenses in June 2011. Indirect materials $ 6,100 Drivers' salaries $11,500 Depreciation on delivery equipment 12,000 Advertising 2,000 Dispatcher's salary 5,800 Delivery equipment repairs 460 Property taxes on office building 930...

Rapid Delivery Service reports the following costs and expenses in June 2010. [ 1 Answers ]

Indirect materials $5,400 Drivers' salaries $11,000 Depreciation on delivery equipment 11,200 Advertising 1,600 Dispatcher's salary 5,000 Delivery equipment repairs 300 Property taxes on office building 870 Office supplies 650 CEO's salary 12,000 Office utilities 990 Gas and oil...

I am a consultant -- how do I track third party service costs? [ 1 Answers ]

Hi there! I am a PR consultant. I have vendors that I work with that distribute press releases. These would be press releases that I distribute for my clients. How do I track (classify in Quick Books) this expense and others (graphic design, purchase of images, sound editing) when they are not...


View more questions Search