Although no one wants to think about planning for final disposition, budgeting for a funeral or memorial can give you peace of mind that your family will not be burdened with expenses and decisions they are not ready to handle. Whether you are considering the cost of cremation or a traditional burial , there are several items you will need to consider. Working with a caring, family owned business like Mountain View Funeral Home will help you prepare in advance for your final outcome.
When you consider the cost of cremation you should think about the expense of transporting the body to the funeral home where the procedure will be completed. You will also need an original death certificate and you will need to pay to have the body prepared for cremation. If the body has a pacemaker, it will most likely need to be removed before cremation. If you are planning a ceremony that includes the body present prior to cremation, you will need to rent a casket, provide flowers, and pay for a reception if you plan to host guests after the service. Finally, once the body is cremated, you will need to purchase an urn to contain the ashes or make plans to spread the ashes depending on the wishes of the departed.
If you are planning a traditional burial, many of the expenses will be the same. In addition, you will need to purchase a casket, pay for embalming, and purchase a grave site and gravestone. You will still need to pay for clergy or someone to perform the service and someone to prepare and dig the grave. When deciding whether you would like a traditional burial or a cremation service, you need to take into account expense and personal feelings of those you love.
The cost of cremation is usually less than a traditional burial, but expense should not be the only determining factor. Pre-planning and preparing for your passing is one of the most compassionate things you can do for your family and friends. Making your final wishes known and making decisions for your funeral can easily be discussed in a confidential conference with our caring staff members at Mountain View Funeral Home. Let us help you make plans today.