Burial Cost Estimate

This guide is for budgeting purposes. Costs for cemetery property and grave marker are not included. Dollar amounts are estimated averages in your area.
Burial: Good  $8,000 Better  $9,750 Best  $12,250
Casket: 20-gauge steel — or pine. 18-gauge steel — or oak. 16-gauge steel, stainless steel or copper — or oak, cherry, maple or walnut.
Outer container: Grave liner – concrete box with drain holes (no sealing abilities). Burial vault – concrete top seal with plastic liner or 18-gauge steel air seal. Burial vault – concrete top seal with stainless steel liner or 7‑gauge galvanized steel air seal.
Transportation equipment: Casket coach, clergy coach and flower car. Casket coach, clergy coach and flower car. Casket coach, clergy coach, limousine and flower car.
Flowers: Casket spray and lid piece. Casket spray and lid piece. Casket spray, family piece and lid piece.

Each option above also includes:

  • Basic services of funeral director and staff.
  • Use of facilities and staff for visitation at funeral home, and for funeral ceremony at funeral home or church.
  • Transfer of remains to funeral home.
  • Embalming and sanitation of deceased; dressing, cosmeticizing and casketing the deceased.
  • Printing package including register book, memorial cards or prayer cards, and acknowledgment cards.
  • Death certificate; obituary notices.
  • Church or clergy stipend.

Note: Cemetery property, opening and closing of grave, and grave marker are additional.

Glossary

Alternative container — An unfinished wood box or other nonmetal receptacle without ornamentation, often made of fiberboard, pressed wood or composition materials, and generally lower in cost than a casket.

Cemetery services — Opening and closing graves, crypts or niches; setting grave liners and vaults; setting markers; long-term maintenance of cemetery grounds and facilities.

Columbarium — A structure with niches for placing cremated remains in urns or other approved containers. It may be outdoors or part of a mausoleum.

Grave liner or outer container — A concrete cover that fits over a casket in a grave. Some liners cover the top and sides of the casket. Others, referred to as vaults, completely enclose the casket. Grave liners minimize ground settling.

Interment — Burial in the ground, inurnment or entombment.

Inurnment — Placing cremated remains in an urn.

Lid piece — A small floral arrangement that is usually displayed inside the casket.

Mausoleum — A building in which remains are buried or entombed.

Steel gauge — A measure of thickness: the lower the number, the thicker the steel.

Urn — A container to hold cremated remains. It can be placed in a columbarium or mausoleum, or buried in the ground.

Vault — A grave liner that completely encloses a casket.

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