Personalizing a Funeral Service on a Budget

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Funerals can be hard to plan and carry out, especially with the prices involved. Financial stress should not take priority, which makes budgeting so important to many people. Being able to properly show your respect and affection to your loved ones that have passed away can add further emotional strain if you are stuggling to keep up financially. We understand all of this and have plenty of advice to offer with regard to personalizing a funeral service on a budget. Funerals can be a hard time emotionally, but they don't also have to be difficult financially. With our tips you can easily take control and honour your loves ones properly.

 

Get Multiple Quotes

Funeral homes, by law, have to itemize and display charges on their 'general price' lists. These are a great way to get a sense of the overall costs involved and will help you decide how best to proceed. Many packages will help you save on costs while offering a myriad of different services. Having a sense of the costs and services of a number of different locations will also give you further ideas that will help you budget. Knowing exactly where you stand and what you need to accomplish will always help you make a more informed, and more cost-efficient, choice.

 

Home Services

Have a funeral service at home is an excellent way to keep the cost down. It also allows you to personalize every, single detail and keep the service in a comfortable place. This, in turn, helps you relax and ease any unnecessary stress. A funeral is difficult for many involved, but home services remain intimate throughout their entirety. Home services also help you save on transportation and booking fees. Why rent a space when you already have one? If you want a little help from home many funeral directors and ministers will make house calls and you can even compare the prices of different caterers if you wish to offer food, drink or snacks.

 

Purchase your own Decorations

When on a budget, purchasing your own decorations and flowers is one of the biggest ways to help cut costs. While there are many businesses and services that offer these products, they usually do so at a mark-up to cover labour and operating costs. Purchasing and arranging flowers, cooking hors de'euvres, or preparing seating and transportation is all made infinitely more cost-effective when you do them yourself. This can, on the other hand, add more items to your todo list, but if you have a group of people to coordinate with then the task can be made much easier and take far less time to accomplish at very little cost to you.

 

Church Services vs Funeral Home Services

Funeral home services make everything much more simple in the long run, but can be a little more expensive than a home service. If you don't want to have a service at home and are still debating about the cost of renting space at a funeral home or other venue, there is always the option of having the service at a church. Churches are generally much less expensive than any other option, other than home services, and have the benefit of a sombre and religious tone to the ceremony. Church services, which being easy on your wallet, are incredibly popular and are a very traditional choice.

 

Smaller, More Personal Services

Smaller services will help you keep the cost down, while also keeping the entire affair more personal and intimate. Smaller services are best suited for home services because of the potential lack of space. Overall, they invoke a closer sense of family and togetherness without the pomp and circumstance of a larger, more public service. While not overly popular, small services are perfect for those who are hoping to keep the cost of a funeral down while still maintaining an air of respect and reverence.

 

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