Understanding Funeral Costs

High Standards and the Best Possible Value

For over 55 years, families have counted on us to provide the highest standards of service, and the best possible value. We are proud that the families we serve recommend us to others. We invite your questions, and promise there will be no unexpected costs or unpleasant surprises. Basic Services Fee

Any funeral arrangements you select well include a charge for our basic services and overhead. This fee is already included in our charges for direct cremations, direct (immediate) burials, and forwarding or receiving remains.

Basic services include:

  • Arrangement conference
  • Coordination of service plans with all involved in the final disposition
  • Professional support and administrative staff assistance
  • Filing fee, obtaining permit, and death certificates as required
  • Preparation of required forms
  • Proportionate share of overhead, including facility maintenance, insurance, taxes, administrative costs, and governmental compliance

Other Services, Facilities and Equipment Costs
In addition to our basic services fee, other costs may include:

  • Transfer of remains to the funeral home
  • Forwarding of remains to another funeral home or receiving of remains from another funeral home
  • Embalming or other preparation of the body
  • Sheltering of remains, and custodial care
  • Use of facilities, staff and services
  • Transportation to the funeral site
  • Immediate burial (includes our Basic Services fee)
  • Direct cremation (includes our Basic Services fee)

These are costs for merchandise that are dependent upon the type of service you choose, and other personal choices. For example:

  • Transportation related merchandise such as shipping liners
  • Internet tributes, DVD memorials
  • Funeral merchandise (caskets, urns and other containers)
  • Service related merchandise such as guest books or prayer cards

Cash Advance Items
Cash advance items include services that are purchased and arranged on your behalf, such as:

  • Filing fees
  • Certified copies of death certificates
  • Clergy honorarium
  • Musicians and flowers
  • Obituaries
  • Vehicles for transportation

Other Cost Considerations
When you are considering the total cost of a funeral, you should also consider related expenses such as the cemetery, markers, and lunch gathering following the service.

The cost of a funeral is a varied as the personal choices that you make. The cost of any services and items you choose will be carefully and thoroughly explained before purchase.

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    Highway 59 South
    Cherokee, Iowa 51012
    (712) 225-4886
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    Marcus, Iowa 51035
    (712) 376-4886