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Old 01-20-2018, 05:42 PM
 
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What's necessary? What isn't?

Is embalming and a "grave liner" absolutely necessary?

Costco sells decent caskets for 1000 bucks and they will deliver next day to any funeral home.


I called a funeral home and they said they would allow the casket delivery so the funeral home cost (service, hurse ride to cemetery, etc) would be about 4500.

So 4500+1000(casket)+1000(plot)= around $6500


$600 dollar fee for digging?

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Old 01-20-2018, 06:32 PM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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While driving a couple months back going green funerals were radio program topic of the day; favorite blankets all thats needed. Evidently...there are cemetarys willing to do burials on the cheap.
No, I didn't make this up.
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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What's necessary? What isn't?

Is embalming and a "grave liner" absolutely necessary?

Costco sells decent caskets for 1000 bucks and they will deliver next day to any funeral home.


I called a funeral home and they said they would allow the casket delivery so the funeral home cost (service, hurse ride to cemetery, etc) would be about 4500.

So 4500+1000(casket)+1000(plot)= around $6500


$600 dollar fee for digging?

Thanks

I don't believe that embalming is necessary unless you want it done. If the deceased is being transported across state lines, it is required by many states though.

As far as the "grave liner"...not sure if that is needed or not but did find this consumer website about the funeral industry with some decent info:

https://funerals.org/?consumers=word...n-grave-digger
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Old 01-20-2018, 07:08 PM
 
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My husband and I paid for a pre-paid cremation with the Neptune Society. When my husband died, we called them, and they took care of the cremation, no additional costs. The memorial service at our church was free. The ladies of the church made the dinner afterward. I did give a donation in gratitude to the church, however.
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Midvale, Idaho
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I worked for the cemetery district here for 11 years and the liners were required. You might call the cemetery yourself and ask. It is not fun to dump a mower or tractor into a grave that suddenly caves in. So sad but it easily happens with out the liner and even with the liners. Both were cemeteries started in the late 1800's and I am not even sure they had liners back then. Why we experienced the cave in's.

When my hubby died he told me no service obit nothing. All I had to do was get him cremated. I honored his wishes. Burials are of course much more expensive. I believe a person can have a direct burial which would be less costly and you can be buried in the same caskets they use for cremation which are felt lined or fabric of some sort and made of thin plywood. There is no shame in using these. I always encouraged them and since most funerals have a casket spray most of the casket could be covered in flowers. You have to ask for them of course because the funeral home makes $$ on caskets. The cremation casket is from 90.00 to 225.00. Since they are insisting on a liner then no need for a fancy casket put your money on a lovely headstone to be on view for eternity.

I also love the idea of a green burial. Hubby insisted on cremation. When it is my time I will have it arranged to have our ashes scattered together. So sorry for your loss.
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:23 PM
 
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Cremation is the least expensive of all. IMO there is no sense for regular $$$$$$ burial when the family needs that money for living.

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Old 01-20-2018, 08:45 PM
 
Location: 76102
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My husband has a prepaid plan from WA state. We now live in TX. I am sure I will be needing $$$$ to transport his body back to his home. He does not believe in cremation, sadly. I do and he knows this is what I want.
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Old 01-20-2018, 09:34 PM
 
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I have seen a simple casket lined in a favorite quilt of the deceased. Beautiful. I prefer cremation. Have already bought the bench and have it already in cemetery. Memorial will be at the church. Thought this would be easier on the kids/grandkids.
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Old 01-20-2018, 10:52 PM
 
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It is said that " A man(woman) can live forever when his/her name is not forgotten"
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Old 01-21-2018, 06:50 AM
 
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It is said that " A man(woman) can live forever when his/her name is not forgotten"
My heart is right with Jesus Christ, that is where I will live on forever.
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