Direct Burials: An Inexpensive Funeral Option
If you’re looking for an inexpensive burial option, consider a “direct burial”
While many families would prefer a traditional burial service, complete with a viewing or visitation, those are generally the most expensive types of funerals. And at $8,500+, many cannot afford a traditional burial service.
What is a “direct burial?”
If you’re looking for a less expensive option, consider a “direct burial” (aka immediate burial). With a direct burial, the deceased is buried shortly after death, usually in a simple container. No embalming, viewing, or visitation is involved. Some families opt to hold a memorial service at the graveside (for an additional fee) or at a loved one’s home.
The cost of a direct burial
Direct burials are much less expensive than traditional burials, averaging $2,296 nationwide. Some funeral homes even offer these services for as little as $270! Costs include the funeral home’s basic services fee, which is non-declinable, as well as transportation to the cemetery, and care of the body. Funeral home general price lists provide the cost of a direct burial with, as well as without, the cost of the casket or burial container. If you would prefer not to use the funeral home’s casket or container options, you may purchase one from a third-party at no additional fee.
Have questions about direct burials?
If you have any questions about direct burials or any other burial options, please don’t hesitate to contact any eFuneral team member. Each of us is here to guide you every step of the way. And in case you’re wondering, all of our services are free. We will never ask you for a penny!
Leah Yomtovian Roush is the Senior Manager of Strategic Development for Cleveland, Ohio-based eFuneral, a comprehensive and free online resource that enables those thinking about end-of-life to research, plan, and arrange a wide variety of funeral-related services. Leah is the editor of eFuneral's Online Resource Center, and she manages the company's marketing efforts and develops strategies for company growth. Leah also serves on the Boards of multiple non-profit organizations, helping them expand their reaches and increase their impacts.