Funeral Cost Breakdown Checklist

Funeral Cost Breakdown Checklist

Make copies of this page and check with several funeral homes to compare their funeral cost breakdown. The cost of funeral expenses can vary and by law funeral homes must give you this information over the telephone. If the funeral provider doesn’t know the cost of the cash advance items at the time, he or she is required to give you a written ‘good faith estimate’. There is also room on this checklist to make your personal notes on how to save on the basic cost for a funeral. Don’t forget to first read my article ‘How much does a funeral cost?‘ to learn where you can save money at the funeral home!

funeral cost breakdown

Funeral Cost Breakdown Checklist

Cost of funeral expenses for simple disposition of the remains:


  • Immediate burial:


  • Immediate cremation:


  •  If the cremation process is extra, how much is it?


  •  Donation of the body to a medical school or hospital:


Funeral cost breakdown of a traditional, full-service burial or cremation funeral:


  • Basic services fee for the funeral director and staff:


  • Pickup of body:


  • Embalming:


  • Other preparation of body:


  •  Least expensive casket:


  •  Description of casket, including model number:


  •  Outer burial container (vault) – if required:


  •  Description of outer burial container:


  • Visitation/viewing — staff and facilities:


  • Funeral or memorial service — staff and facilities:


  • Graveside service, including staff and equipment:


  • Hearse:



  • Other vehicles:


Funeral cost breakdown of cemetery/mausoleum service:


  • Cost of lot or crypt (if you don’t already own one):


  • Perpetual care (care and maintenance of the cemetery):


  • Opening and closing the grave or crypt:


  • Grave liner (if required):


  • Marker/monument (including setup):


Funeral cost breakdown of other funeral home services:


Forwarding the deceased to another funeral home:


Receiving the deceased from another funeral home:


Obtain a list of funeral costs and compare the services to ensure you receive the best value. By comparing the funeral cost breakdown of different funeral homes you can make informed choices when you are planning a funeral for your loved one or yourself.

Funeral cost breakdown