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National Average Cost of an Adult Funeral: 2012 vs. 2009

Item

2012*

2009*

% Change

Non-declinable basic services fee

$1,975

$1,817

8.7%

Removal/transfer of remains to funeral home

$285

$250

14.0%

Embalming

$695

$628

10.7%

Other preparation of the body

$225

$200

12.5%

Use of facilities/staff for viewing

$400

$395

1.3%

Use of facilities/staff for funeral ceremony

$495

$450

10.0%

Hearse

$295

$275

7.3%

Service car/van

$130

$125

4.0%

Basic memorial printed package

$150

$125

20.0%

Subtotal without casket

$4,650

$4,265

9.0%

Metal casket
(average charge for the most frequently
purchased item)

$2,395

$2,295

4.4%

Average Cost of a Funeral

$7,045

$6,560

7.4%

Vault
(average charge for the most frequently
purchased item)

$1,298

$1,195

8.6%

Total with vault

$8,343

$7,755

7.6%

* Median Price - The amount at which half of the figures fall below and half are above.

Prices have not been adjusted for inflation.

SOURCE: National Funeral Directors Association News Release 8/01/2013

EDITORIAL NOTE


The NFDA report adds median values to calculate "AVERAGE COST OF A FUNERAL" and "Total with vault" prices.  While this procedure is mathematically incorrect, the values - while low - are within the expected range.

 
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