Average Cost of a Funeral

Add Your Heading Text HerePlanning for a funeral is never an easy thing to do, but having a general understanding of what it will cost can ease some of the financial burdens on you and your loved ones.

Preparing For Costs

The average cost of a funeral in the U.S. can range between $7,000 and $10,000, but it can exceed this amount depending on the services provided. To have a better understanding of why these costs can increase so quickly, here is a breakdown of each service:

  • Funeral Home – Between $2,000 and $2,500
  • Cremation – Between $1,000 and $8,000; the actual cost for this will depend on the state you live in and the services chosen
  • Burial – Upwards of $8,000 or more
  • Embalming – Between $500 and $700
  • Flowers – Between $500 and $700
  • Wreaths – Between $100 and $200, but can be more, depending on the size
  • Burial Plot – Between $300 and $5,000; this will depend on location and if the cemetery is public or private
  • Headstone/Grave Marker – Between $1,000 and $5,000
  • Casket – Can be as low as $2,000 but as high as $10,000 or more

How To Save For These Costs

Now that you have a better understanding of what the average cost of a funeral can be, it’s important that you have the arrangements in place for the rest of your family so they don’t have to worry about paying for these costs out-of-pocket. 

While you can save money on your own, a great way to make sure your loved ones will get a set amount to cover these expenses and possibly more is to get a life insurance policy. Life insurance will provide your beneficiaries with a coverage amount, also known as the death benefit, after your passing. 

The types of life insurance policies you may want to consider are term life, whole life, and final expense. A term life policy only lasts for a set number of years, though, and if you do not pass within this timeframe, your policy will expire and your beneficiaries will not get the death benefit.

A whole life policy is a more permanent policy as it lasts for your entire lifetime, but it’s also more expensive than a term life policy. A final expense policy is basically a smaller form of a whole life policy with a death benefit of up to $50,000. You can qualify for this policy if you do not qualify for other traditional life insurance policies.

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