How Much Does an Average Funeral Cost?


Many times you'll hear people say that the average funeral costs around $6,000. However, that estimate is based on a price survey taken several years ago. Funeral prices, like everything else, have increased with inflation.

Today, the average North American traditional funeral costs between $7,000 and $10,000. This price range includes the services at the funeral home, burial in a cemetery, and the installation of a headstone. While cremation is gaining in popularity, the traditional funeral is still the most popular manner for disposing of the deceased.

Here is a reasonable "ballpark" estimate of the main funeral costs.

It's important to notes that funeral prices vary considerably between funeral homes and geographic areas of the country;

  • fee for the funeral director's services: $1,500

  • cost for a casket: $2,300

  • embalming: $500

  • cost for using the funeral home for the actual funeral service: $500

  • cost of a grave site: $1,000

  • cost to dig the grave: $600

  • cost of a grave liner or outer burial container: $1,000

  • cost of a headstone: $1,500

In this example, total costs would approximate $9,000....and that's just for the "main" items. There could be additional charges for things like placing the obituary in the newspaper and buying flowers.

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