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Discount Caskets Online: An Economical and Relatively New Concept

Updated on April 13, 2011

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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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    • Katharella profile image

      Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

      I don't know why all my post didn't go up.. anyway it cut off at ---> she came out, and blurted "that is not our policy" and I said, right in front of everyone "It was between me and my father, and nobody would have noticed if you didn't open your big yap" LOL.. but it was TRUE. This was private between me and dad! Dad was VERY political, and unhappy with the current administration and being a WW2 vet he said the flag could be placed upside down rather than stars over his left side, and it was between ME AND HIM, nobody else. My son and I were his Power of Attorney, and both as the patriots they are, my son disagreed with us, but it was between me and dad like I said. I had to point out to this very dumb woman, that an upside down flag is NOT disrespect to our country, it is love for our country that is in "distress." Which was then true, and still is!

      Funny you mentioned Pine Box, because when dad was making all his own arrangements he joked "just gimmie a pine box" and the lady (who was nice at the time of course because he was buying)She said "oh it's no joke, we really do have pine boxes, they are just covered in very nice material! ::whew:: thank goodness he went for the next step up! lol. I mean he might of really meant that, but I'm glad he chose matching ones for him and mom.

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      Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

      You know, not shame on you not at all! I'm glad of this hub! I also had a secret agreement with my father, and the women (PAM MCFAGAN)

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      Taylorwise 6 years ago from Austin, TX

      I once told a funeral director to take a flying f*** at the moon, I'm not proud of it, but I think back, and it was probably the only way to get his attention. I also realize that this hub is pretty biased---so many people choose simple pine boxes, have beliefs that are completely different than our westerm culture's idea of burial, and earth-friendly options that don't include these kind of products. Shame on me!

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      Katharella 6 years ago from Lost in America

      Hi, I actually had a run in with a funeral director who was very rude, and treated my father as if he were cattle on their way to the slaughter house. If anyone here lives in lower SE Michigan I advise you NOT to use Coats funeral home. Even though I have emailed them, wrote to them, called them, I still have not gotten a letter of apology from them. So I'm going to still spread the word, they put on a good face, nice home etc. but if a lot of people don't show up, they cut you short on your time. He was a WWII vet and they weren't even going to give him a proper ride to the cemetery, until I insisted it be done correctly. Having cars cut in etc. They are so uncaring, it's very pathetic! Please do not use them! :( True, nobody wants to think about it, but we all have our day, and I'd rather be tossed over a bridge and be shark bait than go through Coats Funeral home! Vote up!

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      A very interesting hub.....on a subject nobody wants to think about....but a subject everybody should be thinking about....I agree funerals are for the living....voted up