Planning a funeral is stressful enough without the added concern of the financial strain that it can cause you and your family. Therefore, you might want to take a few moments to review the following tips for reducing the cost of a funeral.
Skip Purchasing the Fancy Casket
The fancier the casket looks, the more money it is going to cost you. If you would really like the fabric part of the casket to have a lot of lace or beading, you could always go about adding that yourself. As long as you are not harming the structural integrity of the casket, such as cutting into the wood or metal, then you should be just fine. This is something that you will want to discuss with the funeral home director ahead of time so that you will have access to the casket in plenty of time before it is needed for the viewing and burial service.
Opt for Cremation Instead
If your departed loved one did not have any specific wishes as to how he or she would be put to rest, it is really up to you. To save money, you can opt for a cremation instead of a burial. This way, the only thing you will have to pay for is an urn for the ashes. However, even with that, the funeral home will send you home with a nice box that they place the ashes in for transport. You can then take your time selecting and paying for the urn that appeals to you the most.
Ask for Monetary Donations
Instead of friends and family having a bunch of flowers delivered to the funeral home, you could ask for a monetary donation to help offset the cost of the funeral. Simply talk to the funeral home director so that he or she understands your request. This way, anyone that calls the funeral home asking for an address for flowers can be given this additional option. You can also have a little notation at the end of the online or newspaper obituary that explains that monetary donations are being accepted at the funeral home.
With those three tips in mind, you should have a much easier time ensuring that you are able to afford the cost of the funeral. All you have to do now is to contact funeral homes in your area and start making your arrangements.
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