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Funeral Expenses: The Breakdown

Average funeral costs for a typical funeral with burial or cremation in the U.S., including viewing, hearse, casket and services.

Funerals can be expensive, whether they involve burial or cremation.

According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the median cost of a funeral in 2017 with viewing, burial and a burial vault (vaults are typically required by a cemetery) was $8,755.

And that doesn’t include other funeral costs such as a grave marker ($1,500), monument ($2,500), flowers ($300) and obituary ($500).*

Here’s a breakdown of the funeral costs of both a viewing with burial and a viewing with cremation as provided by the National Funeral Directors Association.

 

Median National Cost of Adult Funeral with Viewing and Burial

Item In 2017
Non-declinable basic services fee $2,100
Removal/transfer of remains to funeral home $325
Embalming $725
Other preparation of the body $250
Use of facilities/staff for viewing $425
Hearse $325
Service car/van $150
Basic memorial printed package $160
Metal casket $2,400
Subtotal $7,360
Vault $1,395
Total with vault $8,755

 

Median National Cost of Adult Funeral Viewing and Cremation

Item In 2017
Non-declinable basic services fee $2,100
Removal/transfer of remains to funeral home $325
Embalming $725
Other preparation of the body $250
Use of facilities/staff for viewing $425
Hearse $500
Service car/van $150
Basic memorial printed package $160
Cremation fee (if firm uses a third-party crematory) $350
Cremation casket $1,000
Urn $275
Total $6,260

* Costs are the national average based on the 2019 PriceFinder database provided by Everest Funeral Concierge.

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