The General Price List
The cost of a funeral and/or cremation is based on the family's wishes and the level of service required to fulfill those expectations. All funeral homes in the U.S. are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission and are required to maintain a General Price List to be provided to consumers without cost or obligation. The General Price List itemizes in a federally mandated way the various services and merchandise offered by the funeral home, thereby giving families an idea of costs relative to the services they choose. The General Price List is provided automatically to all families who are arranging funeral services. We are also pleased to provide a copy of the General Price List to those who visit the funeral home and inquire, or by calling the funeral home and speaking directly with the funeral director. Based on a conversation with a licensed funeral director, the estimate may be more specific.
The Statement of Goods and Services Selected
The Statement of Goods and Services Selected is an outline that refers to the General Price List, itemizing the various costs for services and goods selected by the family for the type of funeral/cremation they wish. This form is a federally mandated document meant to present expected expenses in a organized way.
Categories of Expenses:
There are four categories of expenses that appear on the Statement of Goods and Services:
The first is the costs associated with the professional service charge of the funeral director, staff and overhead, embalming and/or other preparation, possible transportation charges, the fees for staff and equipment for visiting hours, funeral, memorial and/or graveside services.
The second category is for merchandise that may be necessary, such as a casket, vault, urn, and/or memorial card package. We offer a wide variety of caskets, vaults, urns and memorial card packages in different price categories to best serve the family.
The third category is for Federal Trade Commission specific packages that must be offered by the funeral home, such as the cost for an immediate burial, direct cremation, receiving from another funeral home, or sending to another funeral home.
The last category is for items that are related to the funeral but are not funeral home fees; rather they are expenses that may be paid by the funeral home to others as a convenience to the family. These fees are for certified copies of the death certificate, the clergy, musicians, newspaper publication, cemetery grave openings, the crematory, medical examiner and memorial videos.
A word about cemetery expenses:
It is important to understand that the actual cemetery space for burial of the casket or urn, or a niche for the urn are paid directly to the cemetery at the time of purchase. Many families have deeds for cemetery space purchased at an earlier time. This is not to be confused with the "opening fee," which is the additional cost for cemetery to prepare the grave or niche. Some cemeteries offer a prepayment plan for this expense, but most in our area do not. The cost for the opening may be made by the funeral home as a courtesy to the family, or directly by the family to the cemetery at the time of the services. It is also possible that the opening fee is budgeted in a prepaid funeral contract with the funeral home.