When a death occurs, the
matter of funeral costs is often a consideration of the family and those
The majority of costs are
represented by professional service, merchandise, final disposition and
indirect costs. Each complete funeral service requires approximately 80
hours. Services must conform to each individual family's needs and their
personal and religious desires.
All funeral providers are
required by law to provide you with an itemized price list of the services
and products they offer . They must also provide you with a copy of this
price list upon request.Some funeral providers called immediate disposition
funeral providers, have limited facilities and are primarily involved in
basic services such as transporting the deceased to a place for burial
They must disclose to you
that they are not allowed by law to provide full-range funeral services.
Because the services they provide are limited, careful consideration must
be made to determine that all the options you request can be accommodated.You
can make inquiries in person or by telephone. Before you make a decision,
however, it is a good idea to visit the funeral home to ensure that you
feel comfortable with the services offered and the personnel in attendance.
Professional and personal
staff services of a funeral director and staff typically include: Transfer
from place of death, obtaining medical certificate of death, completing
government forms, registering the death, obtaining necessary permits.
Basic sanitary care of the
deceased; embalming, restoration and dressing of the deceased for viewing
(if requested); and or as required (e.g. transportation by air). The funeral
services contract must include a statement that embalming is not a legal
requirement and, if embalming is requested, a space for the written acknowledgement
of the purchaser must be on the contract.Note: Embalming may be required
if being transported after 72 hours.
Complete personal supervision
of all service arrangement details preceding, during and following the
services which includes: arrangement conference with family; preparation
and placing of obituary notice, consultation with clergy, cemetery and/or
crematorium; arranging and caring for floral tributes.
Use of funeral home and all
necessary facilities including: arrangement office, reception areas, chapel,
selection room, preparation room, parking and services areas. Use of all
specialized equipment required for either a church, chapel or other type
of service. Use of funeral coach and any other vehicles.
Transfer of deceased to crematorium
The merchandise purchased
for a cremation or burial can vary greatly depending on individual preferences
and needs. Funeral providers that have containers and caskets on display
are required by law to display their lowest price container and casket.
They are also required to have a book or brochure illustrating the entire
product line of caskets for sale.
Cremation Container / Casket.
Urn for cremated remains
Stationery (memorial book,
thank you cards, service folders).
3. Cemetery and/or Crematorium:
Cemetery and crematorium
charges may be paid to the funeral provider or directly to the cemetery/crematorium.
Regardless, authorization for disposition must still be obtained from the
legal representative of the deceased.
4. Indirect Costs (or
Indirect costs or cash disbursements
are moneys that the funeral provider pays out (advances) on your behalf,
for such items or services such as:
Clergy or officiant honourariums.
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