The Cost of a Funeral and How to Prepare for It

September 4, 2018 5:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A death in the family is one of the hardest things to endure for those left behind. The hardship is compounded even more when it comes time to pay for a funeral and everything it entails. Thinking economically during times like this can feel like you are doing a disservice to your loved one, but going “all out” can mean spending tens of thousands of dollars. A little preparation can go a long way to make an inevitably difficult time a bit easier for your loved ones.

Here’s a look at how much it might cost you to arrange funeral services in Lake City, FL, and how to prepare for the expense:

  • Service: Depending on the service package you select, this part of the funeral process can range between $1,000 and $5,000. The larger and more elaborate services can cost even more than this, so give careful consideration to the type of service you would like.
  • Casket: One of the major expenses for any funeral is the casket. Depending on the style and features you want, caskets can run between $2,000 and $11,000.
  • Marker: Like the other parts of the funeral process we’ve touched on, the burial marker is another thing that varies based on the options you select. Because markers are customizable, you pay for the size of the marker and the amount of text carved into it. A marker will likely add on between $1,000 and $4,000.
  • Plot: Like buying any other piece of property, your burial plot is a piece of land that must be paid for. Whether you go for a tomb or a standard plot, this part of the funeral process can range between $1,000 and $5,000. If you would like all of your loved ones to be interred next to one another, this cost will obviously increase.

It may sound like an over simplification, but saving in advance is a surefire way to make sure there is a pool of money to draw from in the event of a death in the family. Setting aside an automatic percentage of a paycheck each month is a great way to get started. The important thing here is not to stop saving because of other bills or purchases.

If you have your heart set on burial in a certain cemetery, you might consider reserving a spot. A pre-need contract is an agreement with a cemetery that locks in the funeral costs at today’s rates and saves you from missing out if the cemetery fills up before your death. If you would like to have your whole family interred near one another, this can also help to make sure the plots are reserved.

For information about everything from caskets and urns to burials and cremations, contact ICS Cremation & Funeral Home. We are here to help! Call us anytime to learn more about our wide range of funeral services in Lake City, FL—we strive to make the process understandable and hassle-free for all of our clients.

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