Services and Expenses to Expect When Planning a Funeral


Whether you’re arranging a funeral of a loved one, or considering how you would like your own end of life arrangements to go, you may wonder what types of services and fees you’ll be likely to encounter. Funeral home services and expenses can widely vary, but here are some commonalties you can expect.

Basic Services Fee

  • Consultations
  • Preparation and filing of notices, authorizations, permits and other required documents
  • Administrative & staff fees
  • Operational expenses such as office facilities, equipment, and supplies, preparation facilities

Care of the Deceased

  • Cremation
  • Embalming
  • Preparation for viewing: grooming, dressing, cosmetology
  • Preparation of the deceased to be transported to another funeral home, or received from another funeral home
  • Special circumstances: unembalmed body and autopsied care

Transportation and Automotive Services

  • Transfer of the deceased
  • Use of hearse and limousine
  • Family transportation
  • Flower delivery
  • Procession arrangements
  • Airline fees and out-of-area transportation

Facilities and Equipment

  • Staff for Visitation and services
  • Equipment for visitation and services: chapel, memorial, graveside, church
  • Facility use for a reception
  • Pallbearer service
  • Fees for special arrangements such as a residence service or catering


  • Casket
  • Outer burial containers
  • Cremation urns
  • Memorial items: Video Tributes, Candles, Flag Cases, Acknowledgement Cards, Register Book, Temporary Grave Marker
  • Clothing

Customized Services

  • Dove release
  • Bagpipes
  • Horse & carriage
  • Flower seeds
  • Candle ceremony
  • Scattering of ashes
  • Musicians

Other Fees (also may be called Cash Advances)

  • Cemetery charges
  • Death certificates
  • Clergy & Officiants
  • Obituary notices
  • Medical examiner fees
  • Tent rental

This list does not include every detail and expense you may encounter but gives an overview of expectations for standard funeral expenses. A funeral director can walk you through every charge and share an itemized list based on your choices. Prepaid funeral packages are also a great option to alleviate anxiety from the numerous choices you will have to make during a difficult time.

At R.W. Baker Funeral Home and Crematory of Suffolk, Virginia we offer a wide variety of funeral options for you and your family. To explore funeral pre planning visit FAQ page. We’re here for you when you have questions so contact us or give us a call today at (757) 539-4691.