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Funeral Costs

A Friend of the Family.

Many families are concerned about funeral costs, and rightly so. Funerals are expensive, just like everything else. That's because funeral homes are subject to the same increases in costs as other businesses. Funeral prices increase about the same rate as inflation.

We serve families in many different financial situations, from those receiving assistance to those who are very wealthy. Also, people have a variety of opinions about how much should be spent on a funeral.

What does a starting funeral cost?
For those who cannot spend a lot or do not want to spend more than necessary, we offer a dignified complete funeral for around $8000. This includes services, facilities, equipment, and vehicles for administrative services, transfer of remains to the funeral home from a local institution, complete preparation of a normal remains, 1 hour visitation prior to the service, and a traditional funeral ceremony in our chapel, as well as a committal service at a local cemetery. This would also include a preselected metal casket, and a concrete outer burial container.


What does an average funeral cost?
Currently, the services and merchandise for an average funeral cost between $10,000 and $14,000. Of course, many families will choose a higher quality casket and/or vault, sometimes spending $15,000, or more.  Besides the funeral home costs there are other cost involved which do not relate directly to the funeral home. These are outside costs or commonly refered to as cash advanced items. These items are explained under "what about other costs"


What about other costs?
In addition to the service and merchandise costs at the funeral home, there are usually expenses outside of the funeral home. This includes items such as cemetery fees, flowers, and radio and/or newspaper announcements. Some families pay for these items directly; others ask us to advance payment for them. These outside costs will usually be between $1,500 and $2,500. Also, sales tax needs to be collected on the merchandise.


What if I don't want a complete, traditional, funeral?
Of course, if you do not want a complete funeral, the cost would be less. Partial services can be a fraction of the cost of a complete adult funeral.


What if the funeral is for a young child?
Services for infants and younger children receive a percentage discount, based on the age of the child.


How long do I have to pay?

In effort to provide the finest services, merchandise and facilities, we are dependent upon our client families for determining payment terms prior to services being rendered or scheduled.


Third Party Items are expenses incurred that are not Johnson Family charges and are paid directly by the family.  Some examples of third party items are, but not limited to, cemetery charges, newspaper notices, church, clergy, newspaper notices, and organist/soloist fees.  These charges must be paid at least one day prior to .




Provisions for payment for our services are due at time of arrangements or before we will schedule services and for your convenience; we accept 8 methods of payment.


  • Cash
  • Check/Cashier Check
  • Master Card
  • Visa
  • Bank financing from your local bank (bank needs to verify financing before we will schedule services)
  • Insurance Assignment of a Verifiable Policy. (Cannot be insurance provided by work place/group) There is a charge for this and it is 5% of the assigned value. (Verification process can take up to 48 hrs and funeral will not be scheduled until the policy is verified)
  • Advanced Payment by a Forwarding or Receiving Funeral Home.
  • Pre-Arranged Funeral Plan (By prepaying in advance families receive a 10% discount off their services and merchandise). This is another reason to preplan a service in advance.   


If you are concerned about funeral expenses, we would be glad to
visit with you and answer your questions. We feel we offer good value to our families - high quality service at below average prices.