Discount Caskets Online: An Economical and Relatively New Concept
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Funeral Home Rip-offs; There Are Many
Morturers, or funeral home directors, whatever the politically correct term is: are they one step below used-car salesmen? One step above snake-oil and ab-roller salesmen? Hard to say....
Funeral home directors are notorious for taking advantage of the grief-stricken when they are planning a funeral service. I know everyone has to make a living, but I've seen some really sleazy companies out there. And, excuse me for this, but I've seen churches demand their percentage from the bereaved as well. There are ways to prevent being screwed over and over-charged. The bottom line is: do your homework and try to keep a level-head, even in a time when you're most vulnerable.
it may seem a bit strange, but one way is to economize is to order a discount casket or cremation urn online. Most of these sites offer the top-of-the-line, quality made caskets and urns that are exactly the same as the major name-brand retailers sold at funeral homes. Delivery can be expedited to arrive in 1 to 2 days, or if you have taken advantage of pre-planning services, ground shipping is even more affordable. It's noted that funeral homes mark up casket prices from 500% to 1800% percent: a big part of a memorial's cost. It might be convenient to buy something while you're doing the other arrangements with the funeral home. but it's still a rip-off. Buying a casket online at an affordable price is a smart move.
And sadly, their mark-up depends on many factors; many of them are based on what you as the planner say to the funeral director. Tell them that you're shopping around; it's not crass. In these economic times, it pays to make it clear that you are the customer. They as the seller will note many factors about you; your dress, whether the funeral is paid for by insurance or other benefits, even your state of mind: it's sad but true, but the more upset a mourner seems, the more a funeral director will know that he or she can up prices and add on unnecessary or unwanted services. I've seen some mortuaries charge for the boxes of tissues that are placed on the pews.
Get everything itemized and in writing. Read the fine print. Take along a person who might not be so close to the deceased so that they can help question what is needed and why there are are charges. Don't let them bully you into signing something right then and there. My brother's cremains sat lost in the Houston airport because they "forgot" to pick them up even though I'd paid for expedited and insured shipping, something they neglected to tell me, and I had to fight for a refund.
Some sites can offer advice to you before you plan a service. For instance, Casket Connection, based in San Antonio, has some tips on their website. Even though rules and regulations vary by state, discount casket sites like this one can help you with the pitfalls you may encounter when planning a service. And their are many others, with some having storefronts at amazon and other big-name e-retailers, although they don't offer the more personalized service.
Since e-commerce has become a source for anything you might want to purchase, there shouldn't be any stigma associated with purchasing a casket or urn online. Their sales associates can help you determine an appropriate casket and urn, and they offer other options such as over-sized caskets and "keepsake" urns, and can describe the differences.There are many different colors and materials you can select too, honestly most websites offer a wider range of choices than your typical funeral home, at least if you need something right away.
It might be a touchy subject, but you can still make sure you get a bargain when planning a funeral. Your relative would have wanted it that way. Funerals are for the living, spend the money wisely for the service and then spend the rest on a celebration for your loved one's life.
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