2017 SURVEY OF FUNERAL HOMES
Catherine Ring, Vice President for Cost Surveys
This year we attempted to contact 30 funeral and cremation facilities in Northern Virginia that were part of our last funeral home survey in 2015. We sent forms by mail and email, and followed up with telephone calls to encourage their participation. Two of the 30 are no longer conducting business. Six funeral homes did not return completed survey forms, but we obtained price lists. The definition of the services to be included in the totals requested for this survey were provided to the funeral homes and can be found on the last page of the survey report.
You will note on the summary chart that Direct Cremation services now range from $1,390 to $4,790. Immediate Burial service charges begin at $1,485 and can range to over $4,000. According to the responses, a Standard Burial and Funeral can be arranged for just over $3,500, with selection of higher priced caskets being a major determinant of additional expense. There are always other considerations, such as location, comfort and convenience in addition to the price when choosing between funeral facilities. We encourage our members to visit at least at least one funeral and cremation facility prior to making their final decision.
2017 Survey of Funeral Homes
2016 Survey of Cemeteries