The death of a loved one is understandably an extremely demanding time for family members and close friends. Decisions must be made quickly and under deep emotional stress. Decisions about funeral arrangements --- the type of funeral; whether to bury, cremate, or donate the remains; legal requirements; and cost --- are all difficult decisions to make. Thinking about these issues in advance can help consumers make meaningful and well-informed decisions and avoid unnecessary costs.
A funeral is among the most expensive purchases a family will make, averaging between $6,000 and $10,000 for a traditional full-service funeral. Consumers commonly overspend as a display of their feelings for the deceased. Bargain hunting is just not realistic at such an emotional and pressured time, unless you use a company such as Funeral Decisions, which can help you compare prices of funeral homes and cemeteries.