Avoiding the short comings of unnecessary burial expenses can help you save money and host a successful funeral of the death of a loved one.
Few days after the death of a loved one, the family members and friends are often forced to make a number of decisions about buying funeral goods and services and usually at great expense. But even in the best of times, many consumers lack the requisite skills and courage to face such situations and to make the required wise choices.
Presented below are the top three pitfalls that commonly deceive consumers and the tips on how to run away from them.
1. Buying Packages
Most Funeral Directors offer a package of goods and services, which typically includes charges for everything from getting paperwork such as death certificates and permits to use of vehicles for transporting the body and family members. Some consumers find this a help that allows them to avoid guesswork and difficult decision making during a time when they are feeling stressed and vulnerable. But this kind of package can be very costly.
Tip to avoiding it – The only possible solution to determine the authenticity of such a package is to scrutinize the specific goods and services included and to remember that you have the legal right to exclude and even not pay for all goods and services that you do not want or need.
2. Buying an expensive coffin
Coffins are generally the most costly items associated with traditional funerals and they have the highest mark-up of all funeral goods and services.
Tip to avoid this trap – An underground knowledge from the funeral industry, which has studied consumers’ habits, has shown that shoppers usually buy one of the first three coffins they see in a showroom most especially, the mid-priced one. Consequently, showrooms are strategically positioned to display the most expensive models first. Wise shoppers will take the time to look at several models in various price tags and insist on seeing the lower-priced models if they are not readily visible.
Coffins are available from a growing number of sources, easily located and purchased online, that will ship them to a funeral home. Some people even choose to make their own, or to have one built by a handy friend. If this is your choice, always ensure that you make it clear before hiring an individual Funeral Director to handle the other final arrangements involved.
You can find independent coffin makers and artisans who specialize in making low-cost or unique caskets by searching online for casket purchase, or by going through a local media.
3. Stopping the decay of the remains, is it possible?
There is no product that you can buy that will prevent the body of the deceased from decaying! Using embalmment, coffins and grave liners to prevent decomposition of the body are all lies, they don’t work. The effects of embalmment is temporal and the body begins to decay within some few weeks of death.
Tip to avoid this pitfall – You as a consumer must accept the fact that dead bodies decompose but there are less-costly options that will preserve them for the temporary period that may be required for a public viewing or ceremony.
On the other hand, if you are presented with a coffin that claims to have a specialized lining, seal, or gasket that prevents decay, be doubtful. But if you are assured by the seller that it will do so, take your business elsewhere.