How To Avoid Going Broke When Paying For A Funeral


If you are in charge of paying for a funeral and you happen to find yourself worried about the cost, you will want to keep reading. By checking out the following tips, you will be less likely to find yourself as financially strapped when it comes time to pay for everything associated with the funeral.

Consider The Option Of Cremation

If religious concerns or any last wishes of the dearly departed don't prohibit you from opting for a cremation, this might be a good option for you. The reason is that it does not cost anywhere near as much money as a traditional burial does. With the burial. you have to purchase a casket, burial plot, and a headstone. Even the cheapest of such things can still be rather pricey for someone working with a tight budget. Also, do not make the mistake of assuming that there cannot still be a viewing before the cremation unless you purchase a casket. Many funeral homes have caskets that you can rent for a small fee so that you and your family may still attend a viewing and service.

Shop Around For Caskets

Should you find that burial is the best option, you will need to purchase a casket. While the funeral home may have a very nice selection to pick from, they tend to charge a little more than what a big box chain store or the manufacturers will charge. This is because they want to make a profit as much as they want your loved one to have a lovely casket to be buried in. To help you save money, you might want to consider shopping online for the casket and then having it delivered directly to the funeral home. If the funeral home does not allow for deliveries of the casket, you can have it delivered to your home and then arrange a time in which you can drop it off to the funeral home.

Skip The Extra Viewing Days

The more viewings you schedule, the more it is going to cost you. Therefore, in order to help save you money, you might want to think about keeping the viewings to one day. If you are worried that out of town friends and family would not make it in time for that one viewing, you can always ask the funeral home to schedule the one viewing for a few days out. This should allow everyone plenty of time to arrive in town.

With those few simple tips in mind, you should have no trouble making sure that you are able to give your loved one a lovely funeral without having to go broke doing so. If you're looking for a funeral home in your area, visit W J Smith & Son Funeral Home.


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