Years ago, arranging a funeral was something most people took for granted and relied solely on the funeral home. When death would occur, a family member or a close friend would simply notify the local funeral home to have the body picked up, entrusting the funeral director to guide them through the funeral arrangement process. The family then would meet with the funeral director and chose a casket, name the place for the service, chose the Cemetery and make payment arrangements. The funeral director would be made the beneficiary if the family used burial insurance to pay for the funeral, otherwise they would pay for the funeral with cash, check or credit. In today’s times, with the rising cost of goods and services, coupled with a sluggish economy, many people have concerns about the type of funeral they will I have when they die. Most people have no idea of the cost of a typical funeral. A traditional funeral averages about $8,000, the grave, vault and grave opening and closing are not included. Some people being aware of the costs involved and having a family, that is able and willing to cover the costs, need not be concerned. However, that is not always the case, perhaps leading to some of the questions, I have been asked recently. There are some key components that one should be aware and understand about Preplanning a funeral, be it for themselves or someone else.
The first thing one should consider is the type of funeral they would want. The majority of today’s funerals are Full Service Traditional Funerals. However, recently more and more people are choosing non-traditional burials such as Cremation, Direct and Green burials, some out of personal convictions and others falling prey to the economic conditions. Direct and Green Burials are gaining in popularity in states where they are legal. Embombing and a grave are not necessary with Cremation. There are many ways to provide a final resting place for the body. The choices are grave or mausoleum for the traditional funeral, scatter Cremains on land or water or keep in an Urn at home in for Cremation. Direct and Green burials must be buried in ground.