The major costs of a funeral are
the charges billed by the funeral home for a casket, for cremation, for the use
of a parlor for viewing of the body, and related costs. These charges can range
from $5000 to $10,000.
There are some more modest expenses associated
with having a funeral service in a church. These may include:
for the minister, organist, or other musicians.
Some churches require a payment
for the sexton or custodian who prepares the sanctuary for the service.
in the sanctuary can also be costly, but these are optional.
If the deceased
was not a church member, an additional charge for the use of the sanctuary may
In practice, the cost of holding a funeral in a church might
well be limited to less than $1000. Note, that many ministers understand the financial
pressures involved with the funeral. Some have special arrangements with funeral
director and can be helpful in negotiating with these professionals to keep your
costs within reason.
you want to talk with someone in person, please feel free to call: 917-439-2305
The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.