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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a funeral service that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified funeral home. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated funeral parlor and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

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4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Santa Clara County – Funeral Services CATEGORY

Nick Proao is manager of the pre-planning department at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, a Diamond Certified company since 2003. He can be reached at (415) 587-4500 or by email.

Nick Proaño

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Nick Proaño: A Perfect Fit

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

DALY CITY — After graduating from college with a political science degree, the last place Nick Proaño expected to receive a job offer from was a funeral home. However, much to his surprise, it ended up being a perfect fit. “I’d been out of college for nearly a year and still hadn’t found my ideal career when my mom told me about an upcoming opportunity at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, where she worked as assistant to the president,” he recounts. “They were creating a new division to handle funeral pre-planning and needed someone to manage it. My name was suggested as a possible fit for the position, so I came in and went through the interview process.”

Despite some initial reservations, Nick soon felt right at home as part of the Duggan’s Serra Mortuary team. “At first, I was unsure about working at a funeral home, but I liked the fact that Duggan’s Serra Mortuary was a family-owned and operated organization that had been part of the local community for many years. Nowadays, the majority of funeral homes are owned by big corporations, so that’s something I still appreciate about being here. All in all, it has been a great fit for me.”

Today, as manager of Duggan’s Serra Mortuary’s pre-planning department, Nick says his favorite part of his job is the positive interactions. “I really enjoy working with my team of counselors and coaching them to excel in what they do. And, as an extension of that, I get a lot of fulfillment from serving the community by educating residents about the benefits of funeral pre-planning.”

A resident of South San Francisco (where he lives with his wife, Suzette), Nick appreciates his deep roots in the local area. “There’s no place like home,” he affirms. “I have a lot of family and longtime friends here. I went to Archbishop Riordan High School, and I enjoy going to class reunions and reconnecting with the people I grew up with.”

Outside of work, Nick spends his time on a variety of pastimes. “I’m a big sports guy, so I enjoy going to Giants, 49ers and Warriors games,” he says. “Also, my wife and I have a lot of family in the area, so we like being at birthday and holiday get-togethers, as well as our nephews’ and nieces’ sporting events.” Additionally, Nick likes exploring San Francisco and venturing into the Greater Bay Area to sample its many restaurants and breweries.

In regard to his professional career, Nick says a big part of his job is being a source of comfort. “Funeral pre-planning is a very good thing, but not everyone is comfortable with the subject matter, which is understandable. That’s why my team and I are focused on creating a comfortable environment and treating our clients like family, with the aim of putting them at ease.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Nick says he’d take a European vacation. “I haven’t been to Europe yet, so I would hop on a plane and do a tour. I’d hit England, Italy, France, Spain, Amsterdam—I’d see it all!”

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Q: Did you play any sports in high school?
A: I played football and ran track.

Q: What’s your favorite Bay Area brewery?
A: Cellarmaker Brewing Company in San Francisco.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: Definitely a night owl—it takes quite a bit of coffee to get me going in the morning.

Q: If someone was making a movie about your life, what actor would you choose to play yourself?
A: Chris Pratt.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for dessert?
A: Carrot cake.

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Know What You Want
Discovering Your Desires from a Santa Clara County Funeral Service Provider or Funeral Home

Taking the first steps toward planning your own or a loved one's funeral can seem like a treacherous task, fraught with difficulty and pain. However, clarifying your own (or your loved one's) expectations before beginning can make the whole process much simpler. A funeral service should be an intensely personal experience and you need to consider personalities, wishes and expectations before deciding on a Santa Clara County funeral service provider or funeral home.

Whatever you are looking for in a Santa Clara County funeral service provider, whether you are in a larger city of San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Cupertino and Campbell or a smaller town of Blossom Valley, Los Altos, Mt. Hamilton, New Almaden and Saratoga, you need to make some clarifications in your own mind before contacting anyone. Use the following questions to help you determine your, or your loved one's, expectations:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • If planning for a family member or other person's funeral, does he/she have a will with specific instructions for their funeral? Or, if pre-planning for my own funeral, do I have a lawyer with whom I can create a will to include specific instructions for my funeral?
  • Do I want the ease of a full service package, or would I rather shop around for individual service providers?
  • Is cremation an option or are you looking for a full-service home with embalming and other disposition features?
  • What kind of service is expected (graveside, traditional, multicultural, religious, private funeral or memorial)?
  • What type of burial is expected (green, earth, crypt, mausoleum, columbarium, other)?
  • If cremation is chosen, what type of urn is wanted (bronze, wooden, marble or to scatter remains)?Or if traditional burial is chosen, what type of casket is wanted (wood, bronze, copper, steel)?
  • What type of memorial, monument or gravestone is expected?
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What To Ask In Person
Asking Questions of a Santa Clara County Funeral Service Provider or Funeral Home in Person

Once you've narrowed down your choices, you can visit select Santa Clara funeral service providers or homes in person in the larger cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Gilroy and Morgan Hill or the smaller surrounding areas of Blossom Valley, Los Altos, Mt. Hamilton, New Almaden and Saratoga. Use the following questions as a guide when visiting funeral service providers or funeral homes in your area:

  • If you've determined it is important to you: do you provide grief counseling services as a part of your funeral packages?
  • What types of packages do you offer? Are they subject to a breakdown of costs so that I can personalize my package, or would I need to purchase services individually?
  • If a decision regarding type of burial has not been made: what options are available for disposition?
  • Is financial assistance available?
  • How long have you been in business? Are you locally or nationally owned?
  • What memberships and/or licenses do you, your facility and your staff maintain?
  • Do you hire services from other providers?
  • What makes your service or home different from others? Why should I hire you?
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  • What To Ask References
    Asking Questions about Santa Clara County Funeral Service Provider's or Funeral Home's Previous Clients

    How can you have confidence that the Santa Clara County funeral service provider or funeral home you chose from one of the larger cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Gilroy and Morgan Hill is the best you can do for your own arrangements or those of your family? Due to confidentiality requirements, the only way to really learn from past experiences with funeral providers or homes is to hire a Diamond Certified Santa Clara County funeral service provider or funeral home.

    That's because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want excellence from a funeral service provider or home in Santa Clara County, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews. That's because all research is completed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    Keep in mind that funeral homes are unable to provide names of previous clients, so other than word-of-mouth references that you may have heard personally, hiring a Diamond Certified Santa Clara County funeral service provider or funeral home is the only way to have total confidence in your choice of services.

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  • Review Your Options
    Pre-Planning Funeral Arrangements

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    You may choose to make things easier on your family members by pre-planning your funeral service, outlining your choices in a legal document and discussing your wishes with your family before your death.
    You'll want to make your decisions by discussing them with a trusted representative from a Santa Clara County funeral establishment or memorial society in your area of San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Cupertino and Campbell. Questions to ponder include:

    • Do I want to outline everything from flowers to music choice, or should I just plan for the larger decisions of type of burial, casket, etc.?
    • Do I want or can I afford to pre-pay?
    • Which family member can I trust to carry out my wishes? Are we emotionally ready to discuss my death and funeral arrangements in a clear-headed and productive manner?
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  • How To Work With
    Considering Working with Santa Clara County Funeral Service Providers or Funeral Homes

    Flowers
    Many types of funeral specific flowers, including casket sprays, religious symbols, wreathes, etc., can be purchased from any Santa Clara County funeral service providers or homes including those in the smaller cities of Blossom Valley, Los Altos, Mt. Hamilton, New Almaden and Saratoga.

    Casket or Urn
    The larger decision of cremation versus traditional earth burial has to be made prior to shopping for caskets or urns, but once the decision has been made, Santa Clara County funeral service providers or homes can help you choose the final vessel to keep earthly remains. Both caskets and urns come in a variety of styles and materials. Factors to consider include cost, style, environmental concerns, etc.

    Grave markers
    Choosing a grave marker takes careful research and consideration. There are many types to choose from, but first you will have to determine answers to the following issues: size limitations, height restrictions, other rules enforced by the cemetery you have chosen. Types of grave markers include traditional headstone, plaque, wall marker or monument.

    Types of services
    A major factor to consider before hiring a Santa Clara County funeral service provider or home is the type of service that you or your family member desires. Types of services include:

    • Traditional: Usually includes one or more visitations (showings) with open or closed casket, a service to remember the life of the deceased with the body present in an open or closed casket and a procession to the cemetery for the burial.
    • Memorial: Much like the traditional service, without the visitations or the body of the deceased present. Used mostly after burial or cremation, or when a body has not been recovered.
    • Combined: Traditional and memorial services can be combined to accommodate each family member's comfort level and expectations, or travel limitations.
    • Graveside: Commemorative services can be held at a chapel on the grounds of the cemetery or immediately before the burial at the grave site.
    • Non-commemorative: These are also referred to as "direct" dispositions, when the deceased is buried, cremated or donated to science without a formal service.

    Tackling the Issue: When a Loved One Dies
    When a family member or loved one passes away, the first thing you need to do is determine if he/she had a pre-arranged funeral plan. In most cases, though, you will have to take the following steps:

    1. Make appropriate calls to notify those who need to remove the body from the place of death, including a coroner, local law enforcement if the death was unwitnessed or through unknown causes, family members or the legal representative, your chosen Santa Clara County funeral director.
    2. Meet with said funeral director to clarify all arrangements for funeral services.
    3. Choose and obtain all funeral- and memorial-related products.
    4. Make an appointment with a representative from your chosen Santa Clara County cemetery to buy property and arrange burial details.
    5. Pay for all funeral costs. After the funeral, determine all other expenses including estate, financial and administrative matters of the deceased person.

    Funeral Costs with Funeral Service Providers or Funeral Homes in Santa Clara County
    The National Funeral Directors Association 2010 price survey found that the average cost of a funeral is $7,755.00. This cost is based on items chosen for a very traditional funeral including a casket and a vault.

    While many people are quick to fault Santa Clara County funeral service providers and homes for this exorbitant pricing, you have to remember that these professionals carry extremely high operating costs that must be factored in to each funeral conducted. The FTC Funeral Rule gives funeral homes the ability to charge a service fee that includes charges to cover these costs. Funeral costs and exactly the services they provide depend on the Santa Clara County funeral home or establishment chosen. The very best way to determine all the costs up front is to use the questions above to guide you as you pick a Santa Clara County funeral service provider or home in any of the cities in the county, including Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Gilroy and Morgan Hill.

    Since you have determined which Santa Clara County funeral service provider or home you are hiring, you need to work with their representatives to determine which services and products you will need. Remember that if you do not want to go with a pre-packaged service, you have the right to buy each service and/or product individually, the cost tallying, in that event, would be your responsibility.

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  • Be a Good Customer
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    Funeral Service Providers and Funeral Homes Appreciate Good Customers

    It's the Santa Clara County funeral service provider or home's responsibility to provide quality service using the best possible techniques of the trade. But here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Santa Clara County funeral service or home.

    • Be clear and upfront with the funeral service provider or home. Let them know what you want from your service, the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a funeral service provider or home in Santa Clara County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local funeral services or homes occur because of a breakdown in communication.
    • Ask your funeral service provider or home if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times. Things will move along more smoothly if your funeral service provider or home can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your representative contacts you, return calls and pay bills promptly to keep everything on schedule..

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Funeral service providers and homes in Santa Clara County, including those in the smaller cities of Blossom Valley, Los Altos, Mt. Hamilton, New Almaden and Saratoga, appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Invoicing and your Santa Clara County Funeral Service Provider or Funeral Home

Most Santa Clara County funeral service providers or funeral homes will not need to be asked for an invoice. Funeral professionals want to be up front with people planning their own or a family member's funeral. If one is not produced, however, be sure to ask for an invoice once arrangements have been made, so that all parties are clear on the services being rendered, products being purchased and fees associated with all funeral costs.

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Written Warranties
Common Requests for Funeral Homes and Funeral Services in Santa Clara County

The Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule establishes specific goods and services that must be noted on a general price list for every funeral home, including those in the cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Gilroy and Morgan Hill. These are the ten most commonly offered goods and services provided by Santa Clara County funeral service providers and homes.

Transport of body to an additional funeral home
Includes embalming, removal, staff service, necessary authorization and transportation…

The Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule establishes specific goods and services that must be noted on a general price list for every funeral home, including those in the cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Gilroy and Morgan Hill. These are the ten most commonly offered goods and services provided by Santa Clara County funeral service providers and homes.

Transport of body to an additional funeral home
Includes embalming, removal, staff service, necessary authorization and transportation

Retrieval of body from an additional funeral home
Includes staff service and transportation

Direct cremation
Includes services of director and staff, share of overhead fees, removal and storage of body, necessary authorization and cremation

Immediate burial services in Santa Clara County

Includes services of director and staff, share of overhead fees, removal of body and transportation to chosen cemetery

Basic services

Includes overhead costs for funeral director and staff, as well as their services

Transport of body to funeral home
Includes flat fee for weekdays versus nights versus weekends and holidays, as well as mileage for transport outside the local area

Embalming
Includes actual embalming and other preparation of the body including dressing, make-up, casketing, hair, post-autopsy care, refrigerated storage, restorative arts, etc.

Facility Use
Includes use of funeral home facility for viewings, ceremonies, memorial services

Graveside service and transportation
Includes use of equipment and staff service for graveside ceremonies as well as a hearse transport the deceased and limousines for family and friends

Caskets
Includes a full range of available caskets with prices for adult, infant/child, rental caskets and alternative containers

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Top 10 Requests
Common Requests for Funeral Homes and Funeral Services in Santa Clara County

The Federal Trade Commission's Funeral Rule establishes specific goods and services that must be noted on a general price list for every funeral home, including those in the cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Gilroy and Morgan Hill. These are the ten most commonly offered goods and services provided by Santa Clara County funeral service providers and homes.

Transport of body to an additional funeral home
Includes embalming, removal, staff service, necessary authorization and transportation

Retrieval of body from an additional funeral home
Includes staff service and transportation

Direct cremation
Includes services of director and staff, share of overhead fees, removal and storage of body, necessary authorization and cremation

Immediate burial services in Santa Clara County

Includes services of director and staff, share of overhead fees, removal of body and transportation to chosen cemetery

Basic services

Includes overhead costs for funeral director and staff, as well as their services

Transport of body to funeral home
Includes flat fee for weekdays versus nights versus weekends and holidays, as well as mileage for transport outside the local area

Embalming
Includes actual embalming and other preparation of the body including dressing, make-up, casketing, hair, post-autopsy care, refrigerated storage, restorative arts, etc.

Facility Use
Includes use of funeral home facility for viewings, ceremonies, memorial services

Graveside service and transportation
Includes use of equipment and staff service for graveside ceremonies as well as a hearse transport the deceased and limousines for family and friends

Caskets
Includes a full range of available caskets with prices for adult, infant/child, rental caskets and alternative containers

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Santa Clara Funeral Services

The following terms will help you navigate the linguistic world of funeral service providers and funeral homes.

alternative container
An unfinished wood box or other non-metal receptacle without ornamentation, often made of fiberboard, pressed wood or composition materials, and generally lower in cost than caskets.

casket
A box or chest for burying human remains

Also known as: coffin

cemetery property
A grave, crypt, or niche

cemetery services
Opening and closing graves, crypts, or niches; setting grave liners and vaults; setting markers; and long-term maintenance of cemetery grounds and facilities.

columbarium
A structure with niches (small spaces) for placement of cremated remains in urns or other approved containers. It may be outdoors or part of a mausoleum.

cremation
Exposing human remains and the container holding them to extreme heat and flame and processing the resulting bone fragments to a uniform size and consistency.

crypt
A space in a mausoleum or other building to hold cremated or whole human remains.

disposition
The placement of cremated or whole human remains in their final resting place. A permit for Disposition must be filed with the local registrar before disposition can take place.

Endowment Care Fund
Money collected from cemetery property purchasers and placed in trust for the maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery. The State monitors the fund and establishes the minimum amount that must be collected. However, the cemetery is permitted to collect more than the minimum to build the fund. Only the interest earned by such funds may be used for the care, maintenance, and embellishment of the cemetery.

funeral ceremony
A service commemorating the deceased with the body present.

funeral services
Services provided by a funeral director and staff, which may include consulting with the family on funeral planning; transportation, shelter, refrigeration, and embalming of remains; preparing and filing notices; obtaining authorizations and permits; and coordinating with the cemetery, crematory, or other third parties.

grave
A space in the ground in a cemetery for the burial of human remains.

grave liner
A concrete cover that fits over a casket in a grave. Some liners cover tops and sides of the casket. Other liners (vaults) completely enclose the casket. Grave liners minimize ground settling on the cemetery grounds.

Also known as: outer container

graveside service
A service to commemorate the deceased held at the cemetery prior to burial.

interment
Burial in the ground, inurnment, or entombment.

inurnment
The placing of cremated remains in an urn.

mausoleum
A building in which human remains are buried (entombed).

memorial service
A ceremony commemorating the deceased without the body present.

memorial society
A consumer organization that provides information about funerals and disposition but is not part of the State-regulated funeral industry.

Also known as: funeral society, funeral consumer alliance

niche
A space in a columbarium, mausoleum, or niche wall to hold an urn.

urn
A container to hold cremated human remains. It can be placed in a columbarium or mausoleum, or it can be buried in the ground.

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for Local Funeral Homes in Santa Clara County

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified funeral service provider or home?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a funeral service provider or home with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only funeral service providers or homes rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified funeral service provider or home.

Q: How long can you wait to have a funeral without embalming?
A: Most states require embalming or refrigerated storage within 24 hours after death. In some areas of the country, this stretches to three weeks.

Q: What happens if a loved one dies while not close to home?
The most important step to take is hiring a trusted funeral service provider or home that will take care of the transportation and storage details for you. Your funeral director should be able to make all necessary arrangements after the initial call.

Q: If I donate my body to medical science, can my family still hold a funeral service in Santa Clara County?
A: A memorial service, where the body is not present, is appropriate in this situation, as most scientific donations need to happen quickly after death. Your funeral service provider or director at the funeral home should be able to coordinate your donation as well as a memorial service.

Q: Does a member of the clergy have to perform a funeral service?
A: No. Friends and family may officiate by sharing stories, memories and personal thoughts.

Q: Why would I need to buy certified copies of a death certificate?
A: Certified copies of death certificates are used as proof of death in any situation, but most commonly in financial determinations including the transfer of stocks and bonds, banking transactions and life insurance. Your funeral service provider should help you figure out how many you will need to settle the estate and should be able to get them for you.

Q: Does a casket have to be transported in a hearse?
A: While this is the most common method of transportation, it is not required. You can personalize the transport by choosing a meaningful mode of transportation.

Q: What are burial vaults and graveliners?
A: These are the containers into which the caskets are placed for protection. Vaults can be purchased in a variety of materials to keep the coffin safe underground. A graveliner is like a vault only lighter in weight and serves mostly to keep the surface from sinking overhead.

Q: Can I purchase a casket from a discount company and use it when necessary?
A: Yes. You are welcome to purchase each necessary item for your funeral needs individually. Issues to consider include storage of the casket until it is needed, delivery, warranties or guarantees, etc.

Q: Why are some caskets more expensive than others?
A: Caskets are made from a variety of materials including bronze, steel and different types of wood. The more expensive the material, the more expensive the casket.

Q: What if I do not wish to use all the services a funeral home offers?
A: The Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rule states that all funeral homes must itemize their charges for goods and services and provide a general price list of these items. You have the right to select and pay for only those goods and services that you want, need or use.

Q: Why are Santa Clara County funerals so expensive?
A: Remember that funeral service providers and funeral homes have extremely high overhead costs that they have to factor in to their prices for goods and services. Also, there tends to be a large range of prices and one should always shop around (if pre-planning) to determine the price that best fits their budget.

Q: How much does a funeral cost?
A: According to the National Funeral Directors Association 2010 price survey, the average cost of a funeral is $7,755.00. This cost is based on items chosen for a very traditional funeral including a casket and a vault, but does not include cemetery costs, which can easily exceed $2,000.00 more.

Q: What do funeral directors do?
A: The main function of a funeral director is to store and keep safe the remains until burial and can include embalming and restorative art. Many funeral directors are also trained grief specialists to help family members and friends. The funeral director often helps make all funeral arrangements from finalizing the services, the burial and any legal paperwork required.

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