Understanding Funeral Costs
When making funeral arrangements, it is important to us that you clearly understand your options and the costs associated with the choices you make. These are important decisions. We believe the information outlined below can help you make the best decisions for you and your family.
Funeral expenses fall into three categories.
1. Professional Services - Every funeral home is required by state or federal regulations to itemize their professional service fees and publish these in a
General Price List.
. These charges will include a share of their basic overhead or operating expenses. Also included will be charges for any staff, facility or automotive equipment necessary to provide the service you select.
You will be charged for only those items you select. If
legal or other requirements mean you must buy any items you did not
specifically ask for, we will explain the reason in writing on the statement we
provide describing the funeral goods and services you selected.
2. Merchandise - Generally included in this category will be the casket you select, any vault or burial container for the cemetery you may choose, a registry book and stationary package.
There are two basic types of caskets: Gasketed and Non-Gasketed.
Non-gasketed caskets may be constructed from wood or metal. These caskets provide minimal protection from soil and water when buried.
Gasketed caskets are constructed from metal and are designed with a seamless gasket placed between the lid and base of the casket. When closed, the casket lid is tightened against the base to prohibit the entrance of soil and water.
Both types of caskets are available in a wide variety of color, finishes, and prices.
Outer Burial Containers-
In most areas of the country, state or local law does not
require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. However, many cemeteries require that you
have such a container so that the grave will not sink. Either a grave liner or a burial vault will
satisfy these requirements.
There are two types of outer burial containers. Grave Liners and Vaults.
Grave liners are usually made of concrete and support the weight of the soil from the casket. They are not designed to seal the grave from soil or water.
Vaults are usually made of concrete or steel, support the weight of the soil from the casket and seal the grave from the entrance of soil and water.
Both grave liners and vaults are designed to satisfy the requirements of most perpetual care cemeteries.
The stationary package provides various amenities and printed material designed to enhance and personalize the services.
Our stationary package includes: Acknowledgment
Cards (2 or more boxes as needed); Temporary Grave Marker; Photographic
Memorial Video with 50 photos (Two keepsake copies are provided); 150 full
color Memorial Folders (may include up to 20 photos as used in the memorial
video, if desired), 4 Laminated
Obituary Keepsake Bookmarks. Also
included, as needed, at no additional charge 100 Prayer Cards, Crucifix and
Registry Book - The registry book provides a place for signatures of friends and family members attending the visitation and service. It also provides information about the service, interment and family history.
3. Cash Advanced Items - Charges which fall into this category are for those products or services you ask us to buy for you, such as cemetery or crematory services, flowers, certified death certificates, police escorts and newspaper notices. The charges for these items will be shown on your "Funeral Purchase Agreement" describing the funeral goods and services you selected.
We want you to fully understand the charges for the various services and merchandise you are considering.
Certainly, if you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to call us at either (409) 892-3456 - Beaumont; (409) 886-4445 - Orange; or email us at email@example.com.