Many people want an affordable mortuary. It’s not that they are not concerned about the funeral. They don’t have the money today to pay for it.

You can have a wonderful end-of-life ceremony with some planning and creativity. A valley funeral service does not necessarily need to look expensive.

A funeral is often viewed as one thing, but in reality, there are two. There’s first the funeral service and then the care for the deceased. There are ways to lower the costs of each aspect. You will need to prioritize what is important to you to reduce costs.

Here are some top tips for cheap funerals that don’t look too cheap. Remember that the funeral should be a tribute to the deceased and a support system for the family. It doesn’t make much money. 

  • Plan Ahead 

Planning is the best way for you to save money on a funeral. If you plan, you can make decisions in advance and avoid making an emotional purchase. You might not need to buy the most expensive exotic wood or casket handles made of solid gold. There’s a chance you don’t need it, but there are other options. While it is not always possible, it is highly recommended that you make arrangements in advance.

  • Establish a Budget

The best way to cut your costs is to make decisions. You can avoid making emotional buying decisions or buying unnecessary products by knowing what you can afford. If you’re working with a funeral service, they will be able to give you options within your price range. They might have funeral plans that are both affordable and meet your needs. Do not forget that a cheap funeral does not mean you don’t care about your loved one. No one is keeping score.

  • Make Your Choices About Funeral Services

Prices for funeral homes vary based on how many hours you need. You will be charged extra for overtime and weekends. To reduce these costs, you can modify the schedule. The visitation may be held right before the funeral to reduce viewing times and save money. Graveside only services can be reduced in cost. To limit hourly fees, limit certain services for immediate family members. Funerals do not need to be elaborate to have meaning.

  • Hold your Ceremony

Many people think that funerals and memorial services must be held at a church or funeral home. But you can have them anywhere – at your home, your park, or any other location. You can include your family members in the arrangements. You can make your celebration memorable by personalizing it.

  • Choose Cremation over Burial

Cremation is not for everyone. But it is worthwhile if you are comfortable with the process and if it is compatible with your family traditions or religious beliefs. Cremation is often less expensive than Burial. 

  • You might consider direct cremation or Burial.

Direct cremation refers to having the body transported directly to the crematorium. The remains then go back to the loved ones. Natural Burial is when the body is delivered directly to the cemetery. Direct cremation or Burial doesn’t mean that you cannot have a memorial service. It is possible to hold a memorial ceremony at any time. Direct Burial or cremation may be a good option. This can save you money as it avoids some of those costs.

No one enjoys the idea of funerals or talking about death. Someday, you will need to have a funeral. You can make life easier for your family members by planning your funeral yourself and getting the sendoff you desire.

Sunset Hills is available by phone at 760.247.0155 to find a funeral residence in California. We are more than a graveyard or funeral home. We also serve the community by being a gathering place.