The majority of Americans still choose burial for the final disposition of a loved one. A “traditional” burial service can cost more than $16,000. In addition to the charges for the funeral home/director, you need to purchase a burial plot in a cemetery, and pay for opening and closing the grave. Frequently the cemetery requires a vault and some form of headstone. An alternative choice is to purchase a niche in a columbarium. While embalming is not required by law for viewing within 48 hours, some form of refrigeration is required during that time. (See Federal Trade Commission “Funeral Rule” for more information on consumer’s rights).
Immediate Burial is the least expensive burial option. The funeral director picks up the body, takes it to his place of business, prepares the death certificate and any necessary permits, arranges for the burial in a simple wood or fiberboard casket and oversees the interment in a cemetery of your choice. There is no embalming or viewing. Usually there is no family present, but a graveside service can usually be negotiated with the funeral director.