It is difficult to give a definitive answer to this question, due to the number of options available. Funeral directors’ professional service fees can differ greatly, so before you make a decision on the funeral director to be used and the types of services you would like, ask for an itemised quotation. This will enable you to compare costs without emotions taking over, and help with decisions about what services you think are essential and any that you won’t require.
There are three main components to the cost of a funeral service.
Funeral Director’s Professional Fees – This is the funeral home’s fee for their professional services and use of their facilities.
Disbursement Fees – These are the payments the funeral director makes to other suppliers on your behalf, and these costs will be the same for every funeral director, eg cematorium/cemetery fees, church, clergy/celebrant, and death certificates.
Personal Choices – These are items that can be provided and costed directly by the funeral home, or alternatively, you can arrange these items yourself, eg flowers, service booklets, guests attendance book, refreshments and special items to personalise the service such as musicians, helium balloons etc.
Special Packages – Many funeral homes offer special fixed price packages, which may cost less than purchasing individual items or services. It would be advisable to check the packaged offer for any items or services that you may not want or need. These packages are generally not negotiable, and it could work out that the services and items you require are less expensive, if purchased individually.
For more detailed information to assist you in making a decision, please see our article ‘How Much Will a Funeral Cost?’