“I can’t afford a funeral” is a phrase I’ve heard repeated many times. However, I believe everyone can afford a funeral if you consider the following: whom you select, what you select, and how you plan.
Whom you select to handle your funeral arrangements is a very important decision, as prices differ drastically between funeral homes. It’s important to ask for a copy of the funeral home’s General Price List so you can easily compare costs. Typically, the more overhead expense a business carries, the more they have to charge the public for their services. The funeral industry is no exception. In general, the larger the funeral home, the larger the cost of the funeral.
What type of merchandise you select also greatly affects the final cost of a funeral. Caskets and vaults vary widely in price by thousands of dollars. Cemetery property, headstones, flowers, and obituaries also increase overall cost and can be adjusted accordingly.
Finally, how you choose to plan for the inevitable can save you thousands of dollars. When you pay in advance, funeral homes freeze the cost of services and merchandise. Payment plans can be tailored to fit almost any budget. Paying in advance also helps alleviate financial strain, as funeral homes require payment in full the day before the funeral.
Serenity Funeral Home has a simple philosophy – keep overhead low so the savings can be passed on to the public. We offer personalized, outstanding service and welcome your questions and concerns. Let us help you plan ahead so you, too, can afford a funeral.
We invite you to stop by our funeral home to review our affordable package pricing and to receive a free funeral planning consultation. Serenity Funeral Home is located just off Riverside Drive at 1316 S. 400 E., St. George, UT, (435) 986-9100, www.SerenityStG.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @SerenityFuneralStG.
Submitted by W. Russell Atkin, Licensed Funeral Director/Owner