Understanding Funeral Costs
We believe that a funeral doesn’t have to be expensive. We pride ourselves at Heritage Funeral Home on understanding both the family’s needs for honoring their loved one and being reasonable with the cost. We do not want the cost of the funeral to be an additional burden for the family; this is why we provide our services at a reasonable cost with the highest quality of service.
To help you better understand funeral costs we have prepared an outline of the categories that make up a funeral account. Our hope is that this information will give you a better understanding in comparison of our costs to those of other funeral homes in the area. To help consumers, legislation states that all funeral homes must provide an itemized price list, called a General Price List, which includes all of their related professional service charges as well as casket and merchandise charges. This list must be available at the consumers' request without cost or obligation.
There are four sections that make up a funeral account: casket & merchandise selections, professional service charges, cash disbursements and taxes on applicable items.
Casket & Merchandise Selections
This section is specific to the casket that a family selects. All of our caskets and merchandise is priced separately - the price you see for the casket is for the casket itself with no other items included. Some of the other types of merchandise you might find in this section of the funeral account are: burial vaults, cremation urns, and upgraded stationary packages. Again, each is itemized based on your selection and a total is itemized under the "Casket & Merchandise Selections." You are free to purchase or acquire these items from any other funeral home or other source. Receiving funeral homes cannot charge any handling or administration fees when a casket is purchased elsewhere.
Professional Service Charges
Items in this category refer to supervision & facilities, livery (lead cars, passenger cars or limousines), removal from place of death, preparation and meeting with the funeral director. The charges for removal & preparation are for the funeral director to make the transfer from the place of death to the funeral home and preparation charges are for the embalming (if selected) or other preparation of the deceased and dressing & casketing (if selected). Supervision is for the funeral director to be present if you choose to have viewing or memorial calling hours or if you choose to have the funeral director be present for a funeral or memorial service. The facilities charge is only charged for the use of the funeral home for visitation, memorial calling hours or services. Another charge in this section is the Non-Declinable Service Charge this charge is for meeting with the funeral director and for obtaining local/regional permits and the filing of the death certificate and coordinating the service details or ordering the merchandise you have selected.
Embalming not required by law, however, we may require you to choose embalming if you are choosing a service that is not a direct burial or direct cremation option, or if you choose to have your loved one present in the church or if there is to be an airline transfer of your loved one. Some of these are not our requirements, but they are requirements of the airline or location for the service you have chosen.
Cash Disbursements and Taxes
To aid the families we serve, we will cover third party expenses and place them on our account as a convenience until the estate is understood. Taxes will be added as required by local & state regulations to any applicable merchandise or service.
Strict legislation ensures that these items are not marked up and only the exact "cost" is included on the funeral account. Typical cash disbursements might include:
Coroner's Cremation Certificates
Certified Copies of Death Certificate