The Average Cost of a Traditional Funeral

There are many different components and fees included in the cost of a funeral.  The total cost depends greatly on the location of the services, the type of funeral service selected and personal preferences.

In 2020, the average cost of a traditional burial with a viewing and funeral service is $7,516.  Here is a breakdown of the individual components included in the fees for a funeral with average costs:

  • Funeral Director Basic Services: $2,086
  • Transfer of Deceased to Funeral Home: $368
  • Embalming: $755
  • Preparation of Body: $260
  • Viewing: $462
  • Funeral Service: $545
  • Hearse: $350
  • Utility Vehicle/Flower Car: $190
  • Casket: $2,500

What is not included in this price?

In addition to the average costs listed above, there are other expenses that must be considered depending on personal preferences and/or cultural traditions.  Here are some additional items to consider:

  • Obituary notices: $200-$500
  • Flower arrangements: $300-$500
  • Memorial print packages: $150-$200
  • Musicians: varies
  • Cemetery costs: $4,000-$6,000

The prices above are the average range of costs for each item; however, remember that costs may vary greatly depending on the choices made for a loved one’s funeral or the funeral options selected when pre-planning your own funeral.

Talk with your funeral director about payment options that help cover some of the funeral costs. Funeral professionals can also explain how to use life insurance policies or funeral insurance to pay for services, and provide information on financial and social assistance programs available to families in need.

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