Real estate is expensive. Cemetery real estate makes big city commercial property look cheap!
When purchasing a columbarium niche or a plot for an urn or casket burial, be sure to ask for a full price list of all immediate and future charges. Cemeteries are not legally required to provide you with an itemized price list.
However, you should feel free to ask for such a price list.
As with funeral homes, the transparency offered by a cemetery is often a good indicator of the ethics and professionalism of the company.
This is a question that funeral directors get all the time. Depending on who you ask, you may or may not be given several options. (Contact The Funeral Consultant, for unbiased answers, that meet your needs and give you peace of mind)
But first things first. They are not ashes, they are “Cremated Remains.”
(Contact us if you would like to know the difference.)
That’s a good question. It’s not really an easy answer. Sure there are the average cost numbers you see everywhere online. Funeral’s from $4,500 – $10,000+ are common in the upstate, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson. Similar funerals can have cost differences of several thousand dollars, depending on your funeral home of choice. That’s why a funeral consultant can be a big help when you need questions answered.
If you decide to go it alone when planning a funeral or cremation service, be sure to understand the price structure of the funeral service. The Federal Trade Commission has a great post to guide you.
Are we all in denial about death?
When a loved one is on their deathbed and everyone knows it, even if the loved one wants to talk about funeral plans, someone in the room will resist. “Now, Aunt Sue, we won’t discuss anything that negative because you are going to get better!”
So, when Aunt Sue dies during the following days, the family still has no idea what she wanted in the way of a funeral or memorial service or if she desired cremation instead of burial. The family must now go to the prearrangement visit, perhaps numbed by the loss of their loved one, and make many financial decisions amounting to thousands of dollars.
When asked, around 85% of all funeral directors cited ’emotional overspending’ as the key reasons funeral cost so much. Why? Because we wait until the absolute last minute to even consider funerals. Also, since we usually do not have the ‘guest of honor’s inputs’, we tend to overspend to avoid family arguments, conform to what the funeral home staff considers proper and avoid looking cheap in anyone’s eyes.
But who can the consumer turn to for information on funeral options and costs? Until now, just to the funeral home staff … and you know that would be a conflict of interest. The clergy has a nodding acquaintance with the funeral industry, but as a rule are no better versed in cost containment than the average consumer.
What consumers need is a third party; someone who has taken the time and energy to research the local funeral establishments and who knows what can be had where at what price. Someone who will be their advocate in this process. This is where Funeral Consultants enter the picture.
Funeral consultants can NOT arrange a funeral per se, unless they happen to also be a licensed funeral director*. Instead, a funeral consultant acts as a mentor or advocate, walking the family through every step of the arrangement process and explaining options and costs available at each step. This enables families to make more informed decisions in planning their own or a loved one’s funeral.
*Some Funeral Consultants are licensed funeral directors
For answers to your questions about funerals, memorials, funeral homes, cemeteries, and cremation…
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Cremation Alternative of the Future?
There are and will continue to be changes to what most people in the south consider a “typical funeral.” For the most part, there is no such thing anymore as a “typical funeral.”
Even here in the Upstate of SC, Spartanburg, Greenville, and Anderson, “traditions” have changed. You are not obliged to do what was done in the past. there are many options when it comes to dealing with the death of a loved one.
Although not available at the current time, the following article shows what a future Spartanburg funeral home may offer. It is a bit on the extreme side of the green burial options.
What are your thought? leave a comment.