Burial

Did you know, according to National Funeral Director’s Association, the average cost of a funeral is now $6,560? This is a 17.5 percent increase from the 2004 average cost of a funeral. If a vault is included, which is typically required by cemeteries, the average cost rises to $7,755. The cost does not take into account cemetery, monument or marker costs, or miscellaneous cash-advance items, such as flowers and obituaries. The cost of a funeral can vary by region; cost can also vary based on a funeral home’s location and the size of the business.



National Average Cost of an Adult Funeral: 2009 vs 2004
Percent Change in Funeral Costs over the Past Five Years
Item 2009 2004 % Change from 2009 to 2004
Non-declinable basic services fee $1,817 $1,460 24.5%
Removal/transfer of remains to funeral homes $250 $195 28.2%
Embalming $628 $498 26.1%
Other preparation of the body $200 $175 14.3%
Use of facilities/staff for viewing $395 $339 16.5%
Use of facilities/staff for funeral ceremony $450 $395 13.9%
Hearse $275 $225 22.2%
Service car/van $125 $100 25.0%
Basic memorial printed package $125 $95 31.6%
Subtotal without casket $4,265 $3,482 22.5%
Metal casket (average charge for the most frequently purchased item) $2,295 $2,100 9.3%
AVERAGE COST OF A FUNERAL $6,560 $5,582 17.5%
Vault (average charge for the most frequently purchased item) $1,195 $998 19.7%
Total with vault $7,755 $6,580 17.9%