Four Ways To Save Money On Funeral Expenses


When it comes to giving your loved one the proper sendoff, you may not feel comfortable with trying to save money. However, you may find that the dearly departed did not leave money behind for a funeral, or he or she might have felt strongly about not spending a lot of money on the services and burial. Fortunately, there are several ways you can control the costs of the funeral and service while still creating a memorable tribute to your loved one.

Choose A Simple Casket

Caskets can be an expensive part of planning a funeral, and more affordable options can look just as beautiful as the more expensive models. A casket can cost as little as $200 and as much as $30,000 (or more). You can purchase a fiberboard or soft wood casket, which can be covered in cloth or have a wood finish, can run between $200 to $1,000, giving you a more affordable burial option. Remember that if you are planning on using a casket floral spray, much of the casket will be covered by the flowers.

Have A Home Funeral Service

Hosting the funeral at your home can eliminate some of the costs of using the funeral home's services, though you will still have to pay for services such as preparing the body. Your funeral home director can help you to arrange the service in your home, and he or she may also be able to provide chairs for mourners during the services.

Create Your Own Floral Arrangements

If your loved flowerbeds at his or her home, consider using these flowers for the casket spray and any other flower arrangements you want to include in the service. This offers a touching tribute to your relative, and it helps to eliminate the cost of hiring a professional florist. If your relative did not have flowers, consider asking family members to bring bouquets from their gardens, which can be placed in vases in the viewing room.

Host a Pot Luck Luncheon

Paying to host a funeral luncheon at a local restaurant can be expensive, particularly if you have a large family. Consider having the funeral luncheon at your home or at your loved one's home, and ask family members to each bring two dishes for the meal. Bringing in foods made from treasured family recipes can bring comfort to you and your loved ones during this difficult time. You may also want to consider preparing some of the dearly departed's favorite foods as well. Talk to a funeral director like Fletcher Funeral Home PA about any concerns you have with cost. He or she can help you to find the right products and services to fit in your budget, so you can create a loving tribute to your loved one.  


16 March 2017

Decorating a Funeral Venue

My beloved paternal grandmother passed away almost 4 years ago. Before her death, this special woman suffered many months due to a fatal lung disease. After her passing, her large extended family wanted to celebrate her unique life with an elaborate funeral service. They chose to work with the funeral home staff to decorate the funeral venue with things she loved. Because she enjoyed fishing, a large floral arrangement in the shape of a fish was purchased. Also, the family bought a floral cross to illustrate her devotion to her faith. On this blog, you will discover how to work with a funeral home staff on decorations at the funeral service venue.