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Funeral Costs


      How much does a funeral cost?

     Have funeral costs increased significantly?

      Why are funerals so expensive?

     What can I do if I am not satisfied? 

      Why are family-owned funeral homes the right choice?

     How much does Social Security pay towards funeral expenses? 

      Does a body have to be embalmed before it is buried?

     When should we call the funeral home?

     Who is responsible for making funeral arrangements?

      What is the purpose of a funeral?


How much does a funeral cost?

  • Funerals costs range from less than $2,500 to around $10,000. The wide range in price is due to the amount of service and the merchandise you select (Caskets, cremation urn, outer burial container). An analogy I think is helpful is pricing at a family restaurant. The choices the diner makes during the meal determines the final price. It is my family's duty to explain our charges up front in a straightforward, easy to understand manner.    

Have funeral costs increased significantly?

  • Historically funeral costs have followed the same rate as the consumer price index for consumer items. 

Why are funerals so expensive?

  • In some respects, funerals are a lot like weddings, the type and cost will vary according to the tastes and budget of the person. Not only that, a funeral home is a 24-hour, labor-intensive business, with extensive facilities (viewing rooms, chapels, transport vehicles, hearses, etc.). Moreover, the cost of a funeral includes services of a funeral director in making arrangements; filing appropriate forms; coordinating with doctors, ministers, cemeteries, florists, newspapers and others; and seeing to all the necessary details in a very timely manner. Contrary to popular belief, funeral homes operate with a modest profit margin.

What can I do if I am not satisfied?

  • We stand by our promise to every family, if you are not 100% satisfied we will make every effort to correct the situation. If we cannot correct it to your satisfaction, you will not be charged for that particular service item.

Why are family-owned funeral homes the right choice?

  • McMurrough Funeral Chapel is family owned and has a single focus; providing the best quality service and value to our families and friends. We are not governed by corporate mandates or driven to increase profits. We know that our success depends upon how we treat each and every family we serve. It is our goal at McMurrough Funeral Chapel not only to satisfy your needs but to exceed your expectations.

How much does Social Security pay towards funeral expenses?

  • The Social Security Administration may pay a lump sum death benefit of$255 to the surviving spouse provided the deceased and their spouse were living together at the time of death. 

Does a body have to be embalmed before it is buried?

  • No, embalming is not required for burial. It is always your choice. Your decision may depend on such factors as whether the family selected a service with a public viewing of the body with an open casket; or to enhance the deceased's appearance for a private family viewing; or if the body is going to be transported by air or rail, or because of the length of time prior to the burial.

​When should we call the funeral home?

  • We at your service 24 hours every day. We encourage you to contact us as soon as someone has passed away or even nearing death. The circumstances of the situation will dictate the sequences necessary for us to perform the transfer back to the funeral home.  

​​Who is responsible for making funeral arrangements?

  • Oftentimes, next of kin, immediate family members and sometimes, close friends, wish to participate in planning the funeral of their loved one. While their input is usually taken into consideration, the official responsibility falls on the person with the legal authority to sign the authorization for the funeral service. This person may be the Executor of the will, or a designated next of kin. It is important to understand that signing the authorization for the funeral service means accepting the financial responsibility for the funeral.

Anchor​​​What is the purpose of a funeral?

  • Funerals provide surviving family members and friends a caring, supportive environment in which to recognize the death of a loved one and to share thoughts and feelings about that person. Funerals are the first step in the healing process. The ritual of attending a funeral service provides many benefits including:

    • ​Providing a social support system for the bereaved

    • Helping the bereaved understand death is final and part of life

    • Integrating the bereaved back into the community

    • Easing the transition to a new life after the death of a loved one

    • Providing a safe haven for embracing and expressing pain

    • Reaffirming one's relationship with the person who died

    • Providing a time to say good-bye

  • It is possible to have a full funeral service even for those choosing cremation. The importance of the ritual is in providing a social gathering to help the bereaved begin the healing process.