Funeral Costs: How Much Does an Average Funeral Cost?

Many times you'll hear people say that the average funeral costs around $6,000.  However, that estimate is based on a price survey taken several years ago.  Funeral prices, like everything else, have increased with inflation.

Today, the average North American traditional funeral costs between $7,000 and $10,000.  This price range includes the services at the funeral home, burial in a cemetery, and the installation of a headstone.  While cremation is gaining in popularity, the traditional funeral is still the most popular manner for disposing of the deceased.

Here is a reasonable "ballpark" estimate of the main funeral costs.

It's important to notes that funeral prices vary considerably between funeral homes and geographic areas of the country,

    • fee for the funeral director's services: $1,500
    • cost for a casket: $2,300
    • embalming: $500
    • cost for using the funeral home for the actual funeral service: $500
    • cost of a grave site: $1,000
    • cost to dig the grave: $600
    • cost of a grave liner or outer burial container: $1,000
    • cost of a headstone: $1,500

In this example, total costs would approximate $9,000....and that's just for the "main" items.  There could be additional charges for things like placing the obituary in the newspaper and buying flowers.

Fortunately, there are many tools you can use to reduce the cost of funeral services to a more reasonable level.  We recommend searching and comparing local funeral home pricing at Parting.com.

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kathy baggarly 4 days, 18 hours ago

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Teresa 4 days, 6 hours ago

Hello Kathy,
First of all I want to let you know I'm sorry for your loss. I'm an insurance agent and am familiar with the type of plan your mother had. It was either a Modified, Graded Benefit or Guaranteed Issue plan. These types of plans make it possible for individuals with certain medical conditions to be able to obtain life Insurance but at a higher premium because they are high risk. With most companies the premiums will be returned plus interest, however the plans don't become full benefit plans until you've had the plan for at least two years with most companies. That's why it's important to purchase Life insurance when your young and definitely before you are diagnosed with a medical condition by a doctor. However I do agree that a condolence note from the Insurance Company would have been nice. I hope this helps.

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