Need funeral and casket info


#1

We are starting to make our funeral arrangements, so that our survivors will not be burdened at the time. I know that there are certain minimum requirements prescribed by law, and I know that coffins can be purchased at much lower prices than the funeral homes. We want things as simple and inexpensive as they can be (inexpensive, not cheap/shoddy) because we don’t want unnecessary monies to be spent. Those monies can go for far more important things. We will be buried in our parish cemetery after a funeral Mass. Anyone who can provide me w/ info or websites to go to?


#2

monasterycaskets.com/


#3

Here is another monastery, St. Meinrad that makes caskets. I believe each state has different requirements for cement vaults, etc.

Hope you don’t need these for a long, long time:)

abbeycaskets.com/index.asp


#4

costco.com/Common/Search.aspx?whse=BC&topnav=&search=caskets&N=0&Ntt=caskets&cm_re=1_en--Top_Left_Nav--Top_search&lang=en-US

Costco the warehouse store sells them too.:confused:


#5

I hear the monks at Trappist Caskets have a model that doubles as a bookshelf until you need it for its intended purpose, but I can’t find it anymore.


#6

Take a look at local suppliers of Orthodox Jewish caskets. They are very plain wood and are quite reasonably priced. You can get them with or without the star of David - [but must supply your own cross.:wink: ]


#7

Used to sell pre-arranged funerals & cemetery property for a living. Theres many ways to save money…

A normal funeral boils down to 3 separate parts: the funeral service, the cemetery & service, and the memorialization (marker of headstone).

The cemetery is the easiest … price of spaces (plots), perpetual care (1 time charge), opening/closing cost, & vault (or outer burial container). Prices range all over the board for spaces, even in the same cemetery, depending on section. Perpetual care is a 1 time fee, usually a percentage of the plot price (usually 15%). Most modern cemetery’s require vaults or OBCs that the casket is placed in, anything from a concrete liner to a titanium container. The opening/closing fee is charged by the grounds crew at the cemetery. Of these 4 charges, 3 must be purchased at the cemetery - the space, perpetual care, and opening/closing fee. A vault can be bought from a off-site casket supplier & shipped in. Also, you may purchase the cemetery property from a private individual (usually 30-50% of going rate at cemetery) and have the property transfered to your name at the cemetery office for a slight fee.

Memorialization (marker or headstone) can be purchased either at the cemetery or offsite at a better price. Even on the internet. Ask the cemetery people, many cemeterys have standards and rules on what is allowed & what isn’t. The setting of the marker is usually done by the cemetery grounds crew for a standard fee. Also remember, is you’re a honorably discharged vet, you are entitled to a free marker from the Vet Administration.

The funeral is the most costly, and many ways to save money. Caskets can be purchased outside the funeral home sometimes 50% cheaper for the same item. They can even be ‘pre-arranged’ - the offsite business will deliver it to the funeral home when the death occurs. Vaults can also be pre-purchased at the same offsite casket supplier and be delivered at the time of death. If there is going to be a viewing, I’d strongly suggest embalming, but this is not necessary if no viewing will be done. Price of flowers & casket sprays are about the same from either a florist or the funeral home. If limos are desired for the immediate family, use an offsite limo provider, you’ll save about 50%. Misc things like register books or thank you cards can be purchased at Hallmark or a local stationery store much cheaper than the funeral home, & a better selection. The service can be done either at the funeral home chapel, or your church (if allowed), price is slightly higher at church because a hearst is involved. If there is a funeral procession, many localities will charge for police escorts which may be required by law in larger cities.

Pre-arranging can be contracted either on insurance carrier (provided by the funeral home/cemetery) or state trust funds - theres pros & cons of each.

Careful planning & shopping can save thousands and provide the same type service. I’m sure you may have questions, feel free to PM me.


#8

Also, don’t be afraid to shop around at different funeral homes, compare prices, and barter a little. A funeral home is a business - they don’t want to lose your prearrangements for a few hundred (or even thousand) dollars to the competitor down the street. If you find a casket or vault at an off-site supplier cheaper (you will), tell the funeral home director - they may be able to meet the lower price.

In many ways, funeral pre-arrangements are just like buying a car.


#9

You have a lot of good advice here.

My father used to design and weld caskets, in fact being a major contributor to the round-urn process.

Unless you want one sitting in your basement for decades (some of the metalwork is beautiful, great coffee table, good for Halloween;) ), your best bet is to choose a price range, pay on the pre-arrangement, and have the company deliver when you need it. Styles change in caskets, just as in any industry.

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