Dec 07, 2015 - 12:57 PM
One thing to keep in mind is that funeral prices vary from one provider to the other, with no discernible reason for the price differentiation between services or merchandise. So it's important to comparison shop when deciding which provider to choose, and whenever possible, purchase funeral merchandise outside of the funeral home. This is the best way to avoid potential scams or unscrupulous providers.
1) Start with the Nursing Home
The first thing to do is ask the nursing facility for a list of funeral homes in the local area. In some cases, the information provided will include the funeral provider's general price list as well as information about their services.
2) Google Funeral Celebrant
Next, search Google for San Diego funeral celebrant or whichever locale you're seeking services. A funeral celebrant is a non-clerical person who advocates on behalf of the family to arrange and/or officiate funeral ceremonies. Celebrants usually can negotiate better prices or better funeral services than the family can negotiate directly.
3) Purchase Casket & Flowers Online
Finally, purchase the casket and flowers online either in advance or at the time of your mom's passing. Caskets are the most expensive line item on a funeral home contract, and since caskets are universal, there is no need to pay the funeral home's exorbitant markup for this standard item. There are companies which will deliver the casket and flowers to any funeral home you choose. This allows you to select a funeral provider or celebrant based on your comfort with their services while also knowing that you've saved money on your funeral merchandise.