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Funeral expenses - how much should I expect to pay

Last post Thu, Feb 14 2013 6:28 PM by Bernie. 23 replies.
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  • Sun, Feb 13 2011 7:08 AM In reply to

    • Candyi
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    Re: Funeral expenses - how much should I expect to pay

     

  • Sun, Feb 13 2011 3:07 PM In reply to

    • Karen K
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    Re: Funeral expenses - how much should I expect to pay

    Candyi:

     

    Hi Candyi, you didn't post a message.  How are things for you today?

    Karen

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  • Mon, Feb 14 2011 8:28 AM In reply to

    • Candyi
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    Re: Funeral expenses - how much should I expect to pay

     Thank you for all the ideas and good wishes -- My husband is feeling OK but very weak - not sure what is going on, doing a scan later this week.  I am going to investigate all the options and handle things earlier rather than later.  Please know that I appreciate your kindness very much.  It is a very sad time for me, but like many others before me I will have to persevere and do the best I can.  Blessings to all 

  • Fri, Feb 18 2011 12:28 PM In reply to

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    Hi, just thought I would drop by and let you know I'm sending good thoughts, love and prayers for you and Your Family....

     

  • Thu, Mar 3 2011 9:14 AM In reply to

    • Candyi
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    Re: Funeral expenses - how much should I expect to pay

     Dear Friends,

     

    I am now writing to let you know that my dear husband passed away on February 19.  My heart is broken, but I know that he is in a much better place now, free of disease.

    For those that answer my queries,I thank you kindly.  It helped me a lot when I went to do the funeral arrangements.  Surprisingly, the funeral director did not try to oversell me - I chose a local family run funeral parlor rather than the big corporation one. The total for everything, taking care of the body, funeral parlor viewing for a day, funeral mass, organ music, a singer, flowers, limo, a metal casket (which my children and I wanted) was around $6,000/  The cementery plot for two was $4240 with perpetual care. The funeral parlor sent us home between viewings with hot food for 40 people catered by a local restaurant (this was all included).  Overall, his life insurance policy will cover the expenses with some $ left over for me to buy a stone for his grave.

    What a sad time but I know that time will heal.  Thank you again, for all your help.

    I

  • Thu, Mar 3 2011 9:28 AM In reply to

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     {{{{{{Candi}}}}}}

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  • Thu, Mar 3 2011 9:32 AM In reply to

    • Karen K
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    Re: Funeral expenses - how much should I expect to pay

    Candy,

     I am so sorry for your loss.   Take care, 

    {{{hugsss}}}

    Karen

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  • Thu, Mar 3 2011 10:07 AM In reply to

    • grame
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    Re: Funeral expenses - how much should I expect to pay

    neral home fu You have gotten such great adviceso I don't have much to add. Funeral directors are required to notify Social Security so you do not need a certificate for that.  If your husband is currently receiving Social Security, you will need to contact them though to receive the death benefit.  Not much, but every bit helps.

    As to costs of cremation vs burial, if you decide on cremation then find out who actually does the cremation as this can save a lot.  For instance our county has four funeral homes that can provide cremations, about $3,000.  What they don't tell you is that they transport the remains to a funeral home in a larger town in the next county (30 miles) for cremation. 

    If families went directly to the home where the cremetorium is they would save about $2,000 

    If your husband is a veteran?  Contact a social worker at the closest VA hospital or military installation.  They will provide a stone if needed.   Do you have any military cemeteries in your area?  This would also save cost of a plot & the openning & closing of a grave.

    One other thing to keep in mind.  If your husband has any credit card debt solely in his name, do not pay one single dime of it.  They will bug you but remember credit card debt is unsecured.  You may have to send a copy of an obit.  Don't even send a death certificate as you have to pay for those.

    You have got so much on your shoulders & my heart goes out to you.  You will be in my prayers.

    I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. ~Susan B. Anthony
  • Thu, Mar 3 2011 11:29 AM In reply to

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    Candyi, so sorry about your loss.  It sounds like the company you chose did a beautiful job and that things really came together for you when you needed it.
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  • Thu, Mar 3 2011 1:18 PM In reply to

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    Re: Funeral expenses - how much should I expect to pay

    sorry for your loss.

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