There is no agreed standard for funeral directors to set out their bills or prices, which can make it difficult when comparing.
Some may list every item separately, while others put many under one category.
Most will divide the bill into two parts:
Charges made by the funeral director
Costs listed here will be for items and services a funeral director provides, such as care of the body, transport, staff and a coffin.
Some will include all of these under one title, such as ‘Professional fees’, but for others this cost will only cover some items and others, like the coffin and hearse, may be listed and charged separately.
Sometimes known as third party fees, these are costs the funeral director pays to other parties on your behalf, such as the crematorium or cemetery, minister or celebrant and doctors’ fees.
When asked for a quote, many funeral directors will just tell you their fees, so make sure any cost you are given includes disbursements or third party fees.
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