Understanding Funeral Prices

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Prices for funeral services can vary significantly, even in Maquoketa and the surrounding area. In this article, we will help you understand the price differences and make the right choice for your family.

Funeral service providers are in two distinct categories; discount firms and full-service firms. To understand the difference, you need to understand the purpose of a funeral or memorial event.

The first purpose is to provide for the care and dignified disposition of the remains of your loved one. The second purpose is to support the inevitable gathering of family and friends.

The gathering is much like a family reunion. It is a time to share stories and warm memories. We laugh, we cry, we make plans to get together, and we remember the stories. 

A memorable funeral service is a time for friends and family to gather to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one. Each person lives a life that has meaning. We produce our own “fields of life” and harvest the memories. It is within those memories that we nourish and give significance to the life of your loved one. 

At Carson’s, we are committed to Maquoketa and the neighboring communities and are dedicated to honoring the “fields of life”. We help families create meaningful memories that acknowledge a life well-lived while healing those that remain. 

A discount service provider may offer a low price because they only take care of the remains of the deceased and generally provide nothing more.

They often operate from a small office and little or no space to even meet with the family, let alone support a memorial event.

In contrast, a full-service firm is designed to take great care of your love done plus provide all of the facilities and staff required to support memorial events of all sizes.

Celebration of Life

Today, most families choose to honor and celebrate the life of their loved ones by creating a personalized memorial event. The event is held at our funeral home or any other appropriate location and provides a time and place for your family and friends to pay special tribute.

Our funeral home staff will work with you to design an event that honors and pays tribute to the life of your loved one.

Our goal is to make sure that every element of the event is flawless. With us handling the details, you will be able to share this time with family and friends.

According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average cost of a funeral nationwide is $7,360, that’s with burial. This figure can quickly grow to over $10,000 when you include the burial plot, vault and headstone or marker. You can usually deduct about $1,500 to $2,000 if cremation is selected.

At Carson’s, for families choosing a traditional burial our prices start at $6,500 and go up from there. It all depends upon the type of services and merchandise the family selects. For families choosing cremation, our prices range from $3,385 to $9,995. Again, it depends upon the choices made by the family.