On average in Virginia, burial services in total cost between $9,000 to $13,000, and total cremation services cost between $5,000 to $7,000.
So, being educated about your options and choosing a price goal that puts you in control of your budget is essential. Funeral homes are required to have a General Price List for all their services, merchandise, and personalization options and make them available to families upon request. However, these documents can be confusing, and the simplest way to determine what a funeral home charges is to speak directly to a funeral director. A good funeral director will ask you for your budget and then work to provide options that help you keep your costs in control.
To help prepare you for that conversation, here are the 5 categories that impact a funeral’s total cost:
- Disposition Choice: Burial or Cremation
- Service Option Selections like Memorial Service, Graveside, Public Visitations, etc.
- Merchandise Selections such as type of Casket or Urn, Cemetery Vault, etc.
- Personalization Option Selections, including flowers, stationery, memorial DVDs, keepsake jewelry, etc.
- 3rd Party Cash Advance Costs such as cemetery fees, newspaper obituary fees, clergy honorariums, etc.
Controlling Your Budget
Families can often meet their budget target by first selecting a disposition type (burial or cremation) that fits their spending goal and then decide which service and personalization options they want or can afford.
What is your budget goal? Remember, total funeral costs typically range from about $5,000 to $13,000 or more.