What are my needs for burial and final expenses?

Long gone are the days of being buried in a pinewood box. Funeral expenses can vary from several thousand dollars up to $15,000 and more depending on which services you select. Funeral homes and crematoriums provide a list of expenses some of which have been enumerated here. Use this calculator as a guideline to help estimate your burial and final expenses.
Professional Services
Basic services of funeral director and staff ($) 
Embalming ($) 
Other preparations of the body ($) 
Facilities and Staff Services
Viewing and ceremony ($) 
Cemetery and graveside ($) 
Transportation Services
Transfer remains to funeral home ($) 
Hearse ($) 
Limousine ($) 
Casket/Cremation urn ($) 
Burial/Urn vault/liner ($) 
Monument/Memorial/Tombstone ($) 
Other Expenses
Burial clothing ($) 
Floral arrangements ($) 
Food ($) 
Airfare and accommodations ($) 
Other ($) 
The information provided here is to assist you in planning for your future. Any analysis is a result of the information you have provided. Material discussed is meant for general illustration and/or informational purposes only and it is not to be construed as tax, legal, or investment advice. Although the information has been gathered from sources believed to be reliable, please note that individual situations can vary therefore, the information should be relied upon when coordinated with individual professional advice.

Any rate of return entered into the interactive calculator to project future values should be a reasonable average return for the period. Rates of return will vary over time, and generally the higher the rate of return the higher the degree of risk.

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