There is no regulation for pricing in the funeral industry – but federal law does require them to provide pricing in advance over the phone. Don’t just walk into the first funeral home you see and accept their prices without doing a bit of research first. Personal recommendations from friends and neighbors can be helpful, too.
In addition, Many funeral homes will offer packages that are designed to help you save when purchasing a variety of services, but these can often include things you may not want or even need.
Funeral homes are required to provide itemized price lists for all services if you ask for one. You can even do this without leaving your home – consumer protection laws require that funeral costs be provided over the phone if you call in.
Some funeral homes aim for a “high end” clientele and will have nicer, more spacious facilities and little conveniences like complimentary coffee or a play room for children. Other places might not have all the bells and whistles, but equally great service and the exact same products for a fraction of the price.
So call up a couple of funeral homes and compare prices, then do a bit of background research on their websites and social media before going in. This shouldn’t take more than half an hour, and it could save you thousands of pounds.