Why Do Funerals Cost So Much?

(Hint: It’s not the casket!)

By almost any measure, funerals are expensive. According to statistics from the National Funeral Directors Association, the national median cost of a funeral with a metal casket for 2014 was $7,181.00. This is a basic charge, which does not include outside items such as cemetery costs, flowers, newspaper obituaries, or extras such as limousines or motorcycle escorts.

Funerals are a service. The costs which most influence the price of that service are investment and overhead. A team of more than 20 persons works to serve your family, from the telephone operators who are on standby to answer your calls 24 hours a day, to the removal technicians who are often required to go out in the middle of the night to bring the person who has passed into our care, in addition to the embalmers, funeral directors, administrative staff, and service attendants who assist your family during the arrangement process and funeral ceremony.

Funeral directors and embalmers are highly trained personnel, who are required by the State of Ohio to be college educated, certified and licensed by the state, and who are always on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, using specialized facilities, equipment, and vehicles. The typical funeral director has invested hundreds of thousands (in most cases, millions) of dollars into his or her mortuary facility and motor vehicles. Payroll expenses, facilities acquisition and maintenance, and automotive equipment comprises 92% of the costs invested to provide the funeral service you select.

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