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Burial Cost Estimate

Burial:

Good $6,500

Better $8,000

Best $10,500

Casket: 20-gauge steel —
or pine.
18-gauge steel —
or oak.
16-gauge steel, stainless steel or copper — or oak, cherry, maple or walnut.

Outer Container: Grave liner —
concrete box with drain holes (no sealing features).
Burial vault —
concrete top seal with plastic liner or 18-gauge steel air seal.
Burial vault —
concrete top seal with stainless steel liner or 7-gauge steel air seal.

Transportation:

Casket coach,
clergy coach and flower car.
Casket coach,
clergy coach and flower car.
Casket coach, clergy coach, limousine and flower car.

Flowers: Casket spray and
lid piece.
Casket spray and
lid piece.
Casket spray, family piece and lid piece.


Each option above also includes:

  • Transfer of remains to funeral home.
  • Basic services of funeral director and staff; including embalming and sanitation of the deceased; cosmetology and casketing the deceased.
  • Death certificate; obituary notices.
  • Printing package, including register book, memorial cards or prayer cards, and acknowledgment cards.
  • Use of facilities and staff for visitation at funeral home, and for funeral ceremony at funeral home or church.
  • Outer burial container, tent and cemetery equipment set-up charge.
  • Church or clergy stipend.
  • Cemetery opening and closing charge.
Glossary of Funeral Related Terminology
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