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What Factors Determine the Cost of A Funeral?

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What Factors Determine the Cost of A Funeral?

You may be shocked to find out that a funeral is a relatively expensive affair. However, when you consider the many services that are part of the funeral process, from picking up the deceased to cremation, it’s easy to see how the expenses can add up. The best way to keep within your budget is pre-planning. While this may not always be possible, doing your research and thinking through the different options available to you can help keep costs low.

Here are some of the main factors that influence the total cost of funeral arrangements.

Professional Service Fee

Most funeral homes charge a fee for the services of the funeral director and staff, which may include:

  • Funeral planning
  • Securing permits and death certificates
  • Coordinating arrangements with third parties and contractors
  • Sheltering of the deceased
  • Consultation

When arranging services, make sure to ask if this fee is included in the final quote or if it’s a separate expense.

Transfer Of The Deceased 

After a death, the selected funeral home or crematory will make arrangements to transport the deceased to their facilities. If requested, they will also arrange for transportation to the final resting place. The cost may vary on the location, for example, if the death occurred outside their regular service area.

Care Of The Deceased

If you plan to have a public viewing or gathering with the body present before the burial or cremation, the funeral home may require embalming. However, embalming will not be necessary for a simple cremation or direct burial. Other care arrangements that the funeral home may provide are:

  • Washing
  • Dressing
  • Hairdressing
  • Cosmetology


The casket is likely to be the most expensive item on the funeral cost list when planning a traditional funeral. The funeral director will show you their selection of caskets that they sell.


Funeral homes and crematories will also charge for the use of their facilities when conducting services such as:

  • Funeral, memorial or visitation
  • Private family viewings
  • Graveside service
  • Transportation to the graveside ceremony

Urn Or Headstones

Whether you choose burial or cremation, there will be an added cost for marking the body’s final resting place. There are many different types of urns and keepsake items, such as jewelry, that can be used to store ashes. The type of stone chosen for the headstone will also vary in price.

Oliveira Funeral Home is dedicated to serving families of all faiths and backgrounds with the utmost dignity and respect. We aim to provide personalized and meaningful funeral services with options to meet the unique desires of families. Contact Oliveira Funeral Home for more information.