There are many funeral options. Here are some of the choices:
Full service funeral: Traditional full-service funerals are typically conducted in a funeral home or church. A full-service funeral generally includes a viewing, service, transportation of remains, funeral director fee and burial or cremation. Additional services, each at an extra cost, are available, including embalming and dressing the body, funeral home rental, burial container, family transportation, obituary notice and flowers. The cost for a full-service funeral varies, depending on geographical regions and the funeral home, but the average cost, not including burial plot and headstone, is $7,000 to $12,000.
Immediate burial: An immediate burial occurs shortly after death and does not include such services as a viewing. The deceased is typically buried in a basic, inexpensive casket or container. This kind of burial is sometimes referred to a "green burial" because there is no embalming. The costs for an immediate burial include a service fee for the funeral director, transportation, the burial container and care of the body. The average cost is $800 to $1,800.
Cremation: Cremation occurs quickly after death and does not include a viewing or embalming. A memorial service to honor the deceased often follows the cremation and can be conducted with or without the remains. The remains are placed in an urn, which can be kept at home, placed in a niche or crypt or buried, or the ashes can be scattered. The costs of a cremation typically include a basic funeral director's fee, transportation and care of the body. There may be additional charges for such things as an urn, memorial service at the funeral home, and, if the container is buried, the cost of the plot or crypt. The average cremation ranges from $700 to $1,400, depending on the geographical area, container and memorial service.