How Much Does Burial Cost? 3 Items to Consider

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“I have been considering funeral options and have been wondering how much a burial will cost?” is a question I hear a lot. I think when people ask this question, they already have a number in their mind. And while they don’t usually share this number with me when we begin to discuss the type of funeral they want, they are often surprised and pleased that the total value is less than the figure they had in mind. Here are 3 costs to take into consideration in a full burial service.

1. If a person wishes to celebrate their life with a funeral service, there is usually the aspects of visitation, a funeral service and then burial. The visitation could be the day before the funeral service and is typically 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Of course there are variations to this and there could be visiting from 5 – 9 pm for example.

With a funeral service, the Funeral Home has a current price list that outlines the value of each element of the work they provide for the family. The average in Ontario in 2014 was $4,464.00 although this service fee could range from $3,800.00 to $6,800.00.

A full service funeral comes with 2 optional items:

  1. You may decline the embalming of the deceased
  2. You may also forgo the family limousine.

Omitting these items will lower the cost of the funeral homes service fee.

2. With a funeral service and burial a casket must be selected. The range in casket prices can go from $480.00 to well over $20,000.00. The value of a casket is directly related to the materials the casket is made of. Entry level price caskets are made of particle board and covered with fabric. The categories of caskets in increasing value are:

  • Softwoods (pine)
  • Veneered hardwoods
  • Solid hardwoods
  • Metal caskets

In 2014 the average value of a casket purchased was $1,875.00.

3. You may discover that your cemetery by-laws require a vault be purchased and placed in the grave before the casket is buried. A vault is a protective outer container that is made of concrete or reinforced concrete that is usually painted a silver or gold colour. The lining inside a vault varies with the price of the vault. The usual linings are PVC (polyvinyl chloride – a synthetic plastic product which is often used in items like plumbing pipes or central vac tubing), stainless steel, copper or bronze. The price for a vault can range from $890.00 to $3,500.00, and the average in 2014 was $1,253.00.

According to the Ontario Board of Funeral Services Quick Facts, the average cost for a funeral in Ontario in 2014 was:

$4,464 for the funeral services, $1,875 for the casket, totaling $6,339.00. When a vault was purchased the total was $7,592.00.

The cost of a funeral can vary greatly. Therefore the best way to determine the value of the funeral you would like to set up to celebrate your life is to contact me for a complimentary consultation. You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment right here on the site, or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

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Now is the time to explore your options and select your preferences.  What a wonderful feeling it is to have dealt with this, prepaid it and then you can file the papers away and move on with enjoying the rest of your life.

Until next time


Katherine Downey is the #1 Funeral Preplanning Professional in Canada for the fourth time. She is a professional educator, author, radio host, licensed funeral director and insurance advisor. To set an appointment or have your questions answered, please contact Kat directly.

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