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We are pleased to provide you with a full disclosure of our Professional Service Charges.
To help you understand Funeral Costs we have prepared an outline of the categories that make up a funeral account. There are basically four sections that make up the total funeral account: Casket & Merchandise Selections, Professional Service Charges, Cash Disbursements and unfortunately the government imposed taxes on applicable items.
To aid consumers, legislation provides that all funeral homes must provide an itemized price list of all of their related Professional Service Charges as well as casket and merchandise charges. This list must be available at consumers' request without cost or obligation. It is provided to all families at the initial arrangement conference.
An up to date copy of our General Price List can be found in the "Our Services" category of our home page.
We pride ourselves on always being one of the most reasonably priced funeral homes in the area, although many expect our charges to be much higher given the level of professionalism, quality of facilities and ethical standards. Consumers and families finally can learn first hand that there is a difference and families needn't fall into the trap of traditional loyalty many funeral homes attempt to count on. Today, being good is not good enough.
We trust that this service will give you one more reason to give the Smith Funeral Home serious consideration when seeking a funeral home that is pro-actively working towards providing you the highest standards of services and facilities while offering sensible and affordable solutions.
CASKET & MERCHANDISE SELECTIONS
This section is specific to the casket that a family selects. All of our caskets and merchandise are priced separately - meaning the price you see for the casket is for the casket itself with no other items included. Some of the other types of merchandise you might find in this section of the funeral account are: Burial Vaults, Cremation Urns, and upgraded Stationary packages. Again, each is itemized based on your selection and a total is itemized under the "Casket & Merchandise Selections." As always, you are free to purchase or acquire these items from any other source. Receiving funeral homes cannot charge any handling or administration fees when a casket is purchased elsewhere.
Cash Advances are as they imply. These are items that must be paid prior to or the day of the funeral. By law, we may also charge for our services in obtaining these items. These items can include but are not limited to:
Medical Examiner Cremation Certificates