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Funeral Products, Services and Prices

Funeral Home Products, Services and Prices in Pittsburgh, PA

When planning to arrange a funeral or cremation service understanding funeral products, services and prices is likely to save you time and ease the process. Over 19,000 funeral homes in the U.S. serve millions of families every year, helping them plan for and conduct funeral, cremation and burial services. Families and individuals in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area that are planning a funeral shouldunderstand the basic funeral home services and products that are available to ensure satisfactory arrangements are in place. We have answers and are happy to guide you on how to purchase funeral home services and products in your area. Just give us a call anytime at 724-770-0100.

Rome Monument  has been helping families in Pittsburgh since 1934 with the process of purchasing goods, products and services from funeral homes. We are always happy to help families choose the funeral home or cremation provider that will best server their needs. Click here for a list of select funeral homes in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County, Greene County, Lawrence County, Washington County and Westmoreland County Pennsylvania with website addresses, phone numbers and street addresses.

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There are certain costs associated with cremation. Many people choose cremation because they see it as a less costly, but equally respectful, alternative to full burial. However, they do so without fully understanding the cremation process and fees involved. Once you have a full understanding of these, you can make an informed decision on whether to move forward with cremation and, if so, what kind of cremation you wish to have. The primary factors that determine actual cremation rates are transportation costs, storage, the actual cremation process and the placement of the cremated remains.

From nfda.org (National Funeral Directors’ Association) http://nfda.org/about-funeral-service-/trends-and-statistics.html

Median Cost of a Funeral with Viewing and Burial or with Viewing and Cremation

Funeral homes in Pittsburgh offer a number of distinct services including transferring remains to the funeral home, body preparation (i.e., embalming, casketing, cosmetology, dressing and grooming), use of facilities and staff for viewing, reception, and a funeral ceremony, use of a hearse, use of a service car/van, and a basic memorial printed package (i.e., memorial cards, register book, etc.). They also sell products associated with funerals and burials, like caskets, urns and vaults.

According to the National Funeral Directors’ Association the median cost of a funeral with burial has risen by approximately $2,000 between 2004 and 2014, from $6,580 to $8,508—figures that include the cost of a vault and a “basic services fee” averaging $2,000 (in 2014). The basic services fee is a flat-rate charge assessed to every funeral or cremation and covers the funeral home’s required services (i.e., what they are required to provide) and associated overhead, including filing paperwork, obtaining permits and the death certificate, making arrangements with the cemetery, crematory or other outside parties, and properly storing remains.

The NFDA funeral and cremation service cost tables appear below:

National Median Cost of an Adult Funeral with Viewing and Burial: 2004 vs. 2014

Item

2014*

2004*

% Change

Nondeclinable basic services fee

$2,000

$1,460

37.0%

Removal/transfer of remains to funeral home

$310

$195

59.0%

Embalming

$695

$498

39.6%

Other preparation of the body

$250

$174

42.9%

Use of facilities/staff for viewing

$420

$339

23.9%

Use of facilities/staff for funeral ceremony

$495

$395

25.3%

Hearse

$318

$225

41.1%

Service car/van

$143

$100

42.5%

Basic memorial printed package

$155

$95

63.2%

Metal casket

$2,395

$2,100

14.0%

Median Cost of a Funeral With Viewing and Burial

$7,181

$5,582

28.6%

Vault

$1,327

$998

33.0%

Total with vault

$8,508

$6,580

29.3%

2004 prices have not been adjusted for inflation.

* Median Price – The amount at which half of the figures fall below and half are above.

 

National Median Cost of an Adult Funeral with Viewing and Cremation

Item

2014*

Nondeclinable basic services fee

$2,000

Removal/transfer of remains to funeral home

$310

Embalming

$695

Other preparation of the body

$250

Use of facilities/staff for viewing

$420

Use of facilities/staff for funeral ceremony

$495

Service car/van

$143

Basic memorial printed package

$155

Cremation fee (if firm uses a third-party)**

$330

Cremation casket

$1,000

Urn

$280

Median Cost of a Funeral with Viewing and Cremation

$6,078

**65% of respondents use a third-party crematory (i.e., the funeral home does not own a crematory).

[Source: NFDA.org]

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