How to Come to Terms with the Costs of Henderson, NV Funeral Services

By: Laura Sussman
Monday, November 26, 2018

The natural avoidance and evasion of funeral planning can unfortunately have an unwelcome side effect – families being hit by unexpected expenses after a loved one passes on. For local residents, Henderson, NV funeral services can be seen as bundles of expenses that ultimately add up to something a lot more substantial. A traditional funeral service will cost an average minimum of $7,000, with expenses totaling $10,000 or more. This is an exorbitant sum for most families, and it’s therefore essential to understand the different types of funeral expenses before you enter into any arrangement with a funeral provider. You’ll then be better positioned to decide what kind of funeral you wish to hold. 

The cost of the funeral service itself is the most obvious expense, but there’s more involved than simply using the funeral home or chapel for the ceremony. Amenities for guests, such as food, will need to be provided. 

To make the funeral ceremony work, the body will need to be embalmed to prevent odor and decomposition. This service comes with its own expenses. 

If families wish for a full service, traditional funeral, a casket will also need to be purchased to contain the body and bury it after the ceremony. A casket alone can cost thousands of dollars. 

For a burial, families will need to purchase a plot at a cemetery and a gravestone, which can cost thousands of dollars as well. 

In contrast to the expenses of traditional Henderson, NV funeral services, cremation allows families more flexibility to pick and choose which costs they wish to incur. For example, since the body won’t be buried, families can choose to rent a casket from the funeral home for the service, which can save thousands of dollars. The costs of a burial plot and gravestone would also obviously be saved. If families choose, it’s possible to simply cremate the body after death and do what they wish with their loved one’s remains. This is known as a direct cremation. 

It’s for these reasons that cremations are unsurprisingly becoming more popular in Nevada and across the country. 

When considering the myriad expenses of a funeral, many families prefer to agree to a contract with a funeral home, called a preneed contract, before a death occurs. However, there a certain rules and regulations you need to be aware of before doing this, and you should never exchange any funds before you fully understand what your desires are for a funeral, whether it be a cremation service or a traditional one. 

To clarify the different kinds of funerary expenses and the potential agreement of a service, it’s always best to consult with an experienced funeral director. For ten years, Laura Sussman of Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services has provided Henderson, NV funeral services with professionalism and in complete empathy with the needs of local families. You can contact her by calling (702) 485-6500. Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services is located at 3975 S. Durango Drive, Suite 104 Las Vegas, NV 89147. 

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