Suggestions for planning an affordable funeral for your loved one

When you are faced with the unexpected death of a loved one in New Jersey, it can be overwhelming to begin sorting through emotions and planning a funeral. Because coordinating a funeral involves several important factors, chances are you want to spend time preparing so you can give your loved one the memorial he or she deserves. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we have helped many grieving families as they navigate their way through the legalities following the death of their family member. 

Funerals are costly and each component can add up quickly. While you may have considered the costs of a funeral previously, you may have never considered just how costly planning and executing a memorial is. As you attempt to budget for your family member's service, MarketWatch suggests some ways that you can save money along the way. Some of the things you can do include the following:

  • If you are able to have the funeral relatively soon after your family member's death, consider asking the mortuary if they could refrigerate the body rather than embalming it.
  • Explore your options for caskets and urns. Contrary to what many believe, you do not have to purchase either directly from a mortician. 
  • Look around and compare your options for different aspects of the funeral. As with anything else, comparison shopping may be able to help you narrow your options to the ones you can afford. 

When you implement these suggestions as you begin planning your loved one's funeral, you may be able to save money and still have a pleasant memorial service. For more information about funeral expenses, visit our web page.  

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