A memorial service makes up a large percentage of the expenses. You may need to arrange a sermon, flowers, catering, literature, venue costs, seating, etc. If you’re looking at something like that, you’ll also need to get a rough estimate of the amount of people which will be attending. Perhaps the departed had some unordinary wishes as to how they would like to be laid to rest in accordance with their Will, or otherwise. Examples of these could include being buried inside their prized car, or shot out of a cannon and into the ocean.
In the end, these all depend on you, the family, and what you are able to afford. All of this is over and above the cost of the actual burial or cremation.
The cost of a grave (burial) is commonly more expensive than cremation, and that’s largely due to the cost of the ceremony and the purchase of the tombstone and coffin.
With a cremation, you will be given the option of an arranged viewing, beforehand, and you’ll also be notified of the date of the cremation itself. The crematorium could also arrange a service, which the funeral home will arrange.
So, taking all of that into account, let’s take a look at how much it commonly costs.