A funeral can be expensive. For many people, it can seem impossible to be able to have one for their loved one, but this is not the case. There are lots of ways to make a funeral happen without spending a fortune. Although some costs (like the casket), will add up, others can easily be reduced so that your loved one receives the proper send off. We have some suggestions of things you can do to make a funeral much less expensive.
Most places that publish obituaries charge by the word, so having a brief notice can save money. Print only the essentials…the name of the deceased, where the funeral will take place, when, and any other brief specifications. You can later print a longer obituary for the guests at the funeral.
There is no shame in asking for a price list from a funeral home. It can make all the difference to pay attention to rates and compare them among funeral homes. This will allow you to find the service that is best suited for your budget. Do the same for cremations services, if this is what you want for your loved one. An Albany, NY cremation services provider will be more than happy to show you a price list with detailed services.
A funeral home will offer to provide flowers, but it is important to know that you can choose as many or few as you want. You can also provide the flowers yourself, if you have an outlet. Or, some people even ask guests to bring their favorite bouquets so that there is a diverse and unique look to the funeral. Flowers can be very expensive, so be sure to consider all options.
Start a Crowdfunding Project
People will want to help in any way they can after the death of a loved one. If you are worried about funeral costs, why not try to crowdfund the whole thing? Reach out to your loved ones and ask for any donations that they can offer. Every little bit helps, so do not hesitate. A crowdfunding project can really make a difference in how easily you get donations and it is very simple to begin one. Send people the link to the project and post it on social media to ensure that everyone knows about it. This has lately become an effective way of paying for a funeral.
All of these tips can make a huge difference in reducing the cost of a funeral or memorial service. There is no need to despair if you are on a budget and many funeral homes and crematorium services will help you plan services that are within your budget. Take the time to learn more about the services and the average rates to ensure you find the best possibly company to help you. Ask McVeigh Funeral Home, Inc., located at 208 N Allen St, Albany, NY 12206, by calling (518) 489-0188.