From history, one can easily conclude that funerals are the oldest ceremonies that have been conducted by man since time immemorial. This is because death did not begin yesterday but has been with us for a very long time. Different cultures have different ways of conducting these celebrations of the legacy left by their loved ones who have since died. It is thus not a surprise to note that offering funeral services is a big and lucrative business.
You can’t go to any location in the world and miss an entity that is providing this funeral services. The type of funeral usually depends on either the cultural tradition that particular society and the religion that they do practice, but in most of the instances the financial power and the budget that one is willing to put into such ceremonies does matter.
Types of funerals and the funeral costs
The culture of the persons involved and the religious affiliations notwithstanding, funeral ceremonies can be classified into the following broad categories with each of them having a different budget from the other:
1. Full-service funeral
This is a package of funeral service that is the most common and thus also referred to as the standard final package by those in the funeral service provision industry. When one goes for this type of service they are assured of the provision of viewing services(wake), the providers offers transportation services between the morgue to the burial location, memorial service is also included. They also offer cremation or entombment of the body as the clients prefer.
2. Direct burial
This is the type of package in which the funeral service is conducted a few moments after somebody has died, usually practiced by Muslims. In most cases, the body is not viewed, and the clients only incur expenditure in transportation, purchase of coffin and paying for body treatment. They can also be charged if they require graveside services.
3. Direct cremation
It is more similar to direct burial as there is no viewing of the corpse as the body is burnt shortly after the death occurs. One will incur the cost that is more similar to those in direct burial the only different payment being cremation charges in the case that the funeral parlor is not the owner of the place used in cremation.
The costs incurred can be as follows
1. Service fee
The service fee is the most basic cost among all the costs and is mandatory, it accounts for the essential of the process that includes storage of the remains and care, planning and also caters for processing fee that facilitates paperwork.
2. Optional merchandise fee
Covers the options which in most cases include charges for the rental fee for chapel space, buying of a coffin and even the money that is used to pay those that offer graveside services. Plus paying the hearse that carried the corpse.
3. Cash advances
This usually caters for the cost that the funeral home incurs from buying anything from outside. These may include obituaries, clergy, and even flowers.
The above equips one with the information that they can use in either planning their funerals or those of others.