A funeral service invoice is sent for payment after a ceremony has been performed for the deceased and their family. The funeral company, either as part of a wake or other cultural rituals, may also provide services such as preservation of the body through embalming, transporting the body, making arrangements with the cemetery, and assisting in the obituary.
Table of Contents
- What is a Funeral Service?
- How Much Does a Funeral Service Cost?
- How Long Does a Funeral Service Last?
- How Long Does a Funeral Home Hold a Body?
- Funeral Service vs. Memorial Service
- Funeral Industry Salary & Hourly Pay ($/hr)
A funeral service is provided by a local funeral home and begins by obtaining possession of a body once the person has died. Upon the funeral home receiving the body, the service will begin by embalming and preparing for any wake or other ceremony decided by the family. Moreover, the funeral home will provide the coffin, help the family write the obituary, prepare paperwork and permits, and will tend to the deceased until they are transported to the cemetery or crematorium for burial. The funeral service is commonly paid with a deposit at the start with the balance due after the burial or cremation.
According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average cost for a funeral in the year 2017 was $6,260.
- Base Service Fee: $2,100
- Body Transportation: $325
- Cremation Casket: $1,000
- Cremation Fee: $350
- Embalming: $725
- Hearse: $325
- Metal Casket: $2,400
- Use of Facilities for Ceremony: $50
A service can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours depending on the religion and cultural values.
Most Catholic, Protestant, and other religions related to the Christian faith hold a mass lasting between 45 to 60 minutes. Afterward, the ceremony proceeds to the cemetery for the burial. In the case of cremations, a memorial service will typically occur at a later time.
Most Jewish funerals will last 40 to 70 minutes at a synagogue, and the body is then required to be buried either that day or the next depending on when the person died. If the deceased passed that morning, the body is required to be buried that day. If the deceased passed in the afternoon or later in the day, the body is required to be buried the next day.
Most funerals of the Muslim faith are performed by an Imam and last 30 to 60 minutes. In the Muslim faith, a body must be buried within twenty-four (24) hours of the time of death. With such time restrictions, it can be challenging to gather the necessary family members and friends to celebrate the life of the deceased.
Depending on the circumstance, a funeral home can hold a body from one (1) day to three (3) weeks. If the body is to be held for more than five (5) days, the funeral home is recommended to embalm and refrigerate the body until it can be transported to the burial or cremation.
A funeral service is a ceremony that occurs with the body of the deceased.
- Example: A wake, religious mass with the coffin, or the burial of the deceased.
A memorial service is a ceremony without the body of the deceased.
- Example: If the deceased was cremated, the spreading of the ashes.
Salary: $46,727/yr (source: PayScale)
Hourly Rate: $16.20/hr (source: PayScale)