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The Funeral Home Arrangements and Expenses Our Family Can Afford to Consider:

 

Minimum $ ___________

Maximum $ ____________

Record initials of person who has agreed to be responsible for each detail.

Cost
Initials
Detail (most choices below are actually optional)
$ ________    _____   chapel use
$ ________    _____   memorial service
$ ________    _____   funeral
$ ________    _____   graveside service, interment—public? private? clergy?
$ ________    _____   casket or urn [listed prices range up to $25,000]
$ ________    _____      Funeral-home-purchased
$ ________    _____      construct with pre-cut kit (many available on the internet)
$ ________    _____      homemade casket or urn (see page 275)
$ ________    _____   vault
$ ________    _____   cemetery plot location (or other option)
$ ________    _____   headstone or marker
$ ________    _____   endowment care of cemetery plot
$ ________    _____   opening and closing of the grave
$ ________    _____   personalized memorial cards (to use at service and update friends)
$ ________    _____   floral arrangements
$ ________    _____   memorial donations in lieu of flowers
$ ________    _____   funeral coach
$ ________    _____   limousines for family members
$ ________    _____   limousines for pallbearers
$ ________    _____   vehicle for transporting flowers
$ ________    _____   pallbearers
$ ________    _____   cremation (you may ask to accompany the body
     and/or be present or involved at the cremation)
$ ________    _____   embalming and preparation
$ ________    _____      restorative art
$ ________    _____      makeup
$ ________    _____      hair set and arranged (asking to have a lock of hair
         is not an unreasonable request)
$ ________    _____      nails (is a manicure need)
$ ________    _____      eye glasses (used during viewing and donated later)
$ ________    _____      religious or fraternal items
$ ________    _____      clothing for the deceased
$ ________    _____      jewelry (you may choose to have rings removed
         just prior to burial or cremation)
$ ________    _____   viewing the deceased (public or private)
$ ________    _____   open casket service
$ ________    _____   visitation hours for family (cost/hour or visit)
$ ________    _____   visitation hours for others (cost/hour or visit)
$ ________    _____   clothing for the family (purchase suits, slacks,
      or dresses for family members, if needed)
$ ________    _____   haircuts and hair appointments for family members
$ ________    _____   music:   taped  live  both
$ ________    _____   organist/pianist   other ____________ (e.g. guitar)
$ _______    _____   soloist
$ ________    _____

  audio or visual recording of service (very valuable for those
     
unable attend the service)

$ ________    _____   memorial record book with guest register
$ ________    _____

  collect/organize photographs of family and deceased for display

$ ________    _____   be responsible for ordering, writing and sending thank you notes
$ ________    _____   parking facilities
$ ________    _____   police escort and traffic control
$ ________    _____   signing necessary papers
$ ________    _____

  obituary notices (composing and/or publishing for which
      there are often charges)

$ ________    _____   death certificates # ______ needed (be sure to get extra copies)
$ ________    _____   officiating person(s)
$ ________     Grand Total

Review total cost of each item and grand total against budget guidelines before making final decisions and signing funeral home arrangements. With this review and agreement, significant savings can result.


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