Funeral homes will help you plan a memorial service for your loved one. These services can help you grieve. Finding the right funeral home is important to get the service you want. Remember, funeral homes are in business to make money. You will need to compare multiple funeral homes to ensure you get the right service and price.
State and federal laws require funeral homes to provide you a list of all prices for the products and services available. Funeral homes have a General Price List to show the cost of their services. You can also request pricing over the phone. The Federal Trade Commission Funeral Law ensures that you can get services outside of a package. After you have selected services, the funeral home will give you a price breakdown of each product.
Your rights as a consumer mean you can:
Receive a detailed list with all the service prices before the funeral.
Choose a different burial container other than a casket for cremation no matter your location.
Decide to use a casket or urn bought at a different location for burial at the funeral home.
Decline to embalm. Law requires that the funeral home receives either your spoken or written consent before starting the embalming process.
Some funeral homes provide their General Price List directly on their website such as Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center. Typically, funeral homes include the casket price range on their website. There is a wide array of caskets available, and the prices range significantly. Reichmuth Funeral Homes does provide a listing of available caskets and pricing. Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park and Funeral Home, a part of Dignity Memorial, offers an on online planning tool and resources on arranging a funeral.
It’s easier to begin your search and pre-plan a funeral before you need services. Since this is not always possible, start your search by asking family, friends, and co-workers for referrals. Look for online reviews of the funeral homes. The Better Business Bureau’s website can help you search for BBB-accredited funeral homes. You can verify a funeral home and funeral director’s license by visiting the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website.
After you narrow it down to a couple of funeral homes, compare prices and services to find the best match. The Federal Trade Commission offers a Funeral Pricing Checklist for information on selecting a funeral home. You will also want to note how the funeral home treats you when you call.
It’s hard to not purchase the Cadillac of services for your loved one. Don’t try to stretch your budget because there are ways to save money and still have a good service. Sit down and determine your budget before you start meeting with funeral homes. When you meet with funeral homes, tell the director exactly what your limit is and plan from there. Use cost cutting tactics such as skipping embalming, simple services, and cremation.
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