Below are some common questions about preparing for a funeral. Please keep in mind that each cemetery has their own set of regulations for the headstones that are placed on their grounds. For more detailed information about funeral services, please click on “Funeral Planning”.
Funerals, Memorials and Preplanning
How much does a funeral typically cost?
The average funeral can rage dramtically from $2000 to over $10,000, depending on your location and the services you want. The purchasing of a cemetery plot and the costs of burial can increase the cost by thousands of dollars more. There are also incidental costs such as flowers, notices, programs, and transportation, which also increase your cost.
Do I have to use a Funeral Home?
You are not legally required to use a funeral home. However, funeral homes provide expertise on legalities and have an in-depth knowledge of details involved in implementing your wishes.
Are all Funeral Homes the same?
Many considerations go into choosing a funeral home. Location, past experience, reputation and references. It is a good idea to “shop” around to compare services offered and the costs of those services. It is recommended that you visit prospective funeral homes in person.
Is embalming required?
In the state of New Jersey, embalming is not required by law, but but some funeral homes may require it for a public viewing. New Jersey’s health laws do require that bodies be buried, cremated, embalmed or refrigerated within 48 hours after death.
Can I make preplanning arrangements?
Of course! Prearrangement does not prevent you or surviving family members from making changes to the funeral later (upgrades, reductions, transfers cancellations). Also, prearranging with a specific funeral home does not mean you ultimately have to use that funeral home’s services.
What if my family cannot afford a burial?
The State of New Jersey helps the needy pay for funerals through the Department of Human Services (DHS). Apply for “public assistance” funeral funds by calling the board of social/human services (or welfare agency) in the county in which the deceased resided at the time of their death.
Are there options other than burial?
Yes! Other options include ceremetion, natural burial, bio urns, eternal reefs and donating to science, among others.
How does organ donation work?
You may express your wish to donate your organs and tissues for transplant by designating the words “Organ Donor” to appear on your New Jersey driver’s license or non-driver identification (ID) card.