Chapter 3: If you are planning a funeral or memorial service
Funeral home services: Basic services and fees
The lady at the funeral home was helpful – and patient. She had to explain a few things more than once, but my mind was just having a hard time processing everything.
A funeral home is very often the family’s main resource in planning a funeral. Funeral homes often offer packages that include a variety of services, but these services can also be priced on an item-by-item basis if the packages do not meet your needs.
The funeral home generally has one fee that covers the work that is common to all funerals. Click the arrows below to see what this basic fee typically covers.
Completing forms – Getting necessary permits – Requesting death certificates
Coordinating arrangements with religious institutions, cemeteries, or crematoriums
Taking care of the remains of the deceased after death
The funeral director may also remind you about the many details that need to be taken care of. These may include the following (as necessary):
- Bringing clothing for the deceased to the funeral home
- Deciding on pallbearers
- Choosing someone to deliver a eulogy
- Choosing a charity in lieu of flowers
- Selecting a company to provide a monument or memorial