Barr Funeral Home has provided personalized and meaningful services for three generations. Every detail is considered in planning a fitting tribute to your loved one. While what follows is not a complete list of services available from Barr Funeral Home, it does show that there are a number of items that must be considered prior to determining the final cost.
Funeral Services and Costs
This page will outline the many options you have, and then help you narrow those selections. We have included many of the prices of the more common items that are selected, but it should be noted that some choices you may make to personalize the funeral you are selecting may require items not listed here.
The funeral planning decision can be broken down into three main components. They are:
• The final disposition of your loved one.
• Whether to have a public gathering.
• Whether to select a memorial, religious service, or no service at all.
Let’s look at each of these in detail.
The first and, for many the easiest, choice is what form of final disposition you would like. Final disposition is what you will ultimately do with the human remains of your loved one. Common choices include; burial, cremation, or entombment. Other options might include burial at sea, or donation of the body to science. The choice of final disposition can in some cases represent over half of the total cost of the funeral.
Burial: The cost for burial can be broken down into two main categories: First is the cost to buy the plot of ground which would include any incidental fees for the recording of the deed, and secondly the cost for the preparing the grave at the time of burial. This fee is commonly called the opening and closing charge.
Another common cost for burial would be an outer burial container, what is more commonly referred to as a vault. A vault is a container typically made of concrete that the casket is placed into for burial. It is used to hold the form of the grave and prevent the grave from caving in. Although there is no law in Illinois requiring an outer burial container, most cemeteries do require them. When planning a burial it is safe in most circumstances to expect to be required by the cemetery to buy an outer burial container. Therefore, for price comparison, add the cost of an outer burial container to the cemetery cost.
Entombment: Entombment is the placement of a casket in an above ground mausoleum. The costs involved for an entombment are generally strait forward. The costs for the purchase of the space, opening and sealing of the space, and recording of paperwork are typically rolled into one price from the cemetery. It should be noted that there is no need for an outer burial container because the mausoleum acts as the container.
Cremation: Many people consider cremation the least expensive form of final disposition, and in most cases it is, but depending on your plans for the cremated remains, the cost can be close to, or even exceed a casketed burial. With cremation as the choice for final disposition you have a cemetery fee for the actual cremation that can be as little as $350 (a cemetery fee because no funeral home in Chicago is allowed to have a crematorium in their facility). You may then choose to scatter the cremated remains personally or keep the remains yourself. Either of these choices have no other additional charges. If you choose to have the remains entombed or buried, you would incur most of the charges outlined in those options for a casketed disposition. Many times the purchase cost for the grave or mausoleum space will be less than that for a casketed burial, but not always. There are many creative options for alternative permanent memorial other than a cemetery including Eternal Reefs and other choices.
Historically, funeral services have involved some form of social gathering together of family and friends to show mutual support for each other. It’s based on the concept that joy that is shared is doubled while sorrow that is shared is halved. These public gatherings have been held in private homes, houses of worship, public meeting halls, or most common in modern times, at funeral homes.
Until the turn of the nineteenth century, funeral gatherings in the U.S. were commonly held at the home of the deceased. Friends and family would come together at the home to offer condolences and support. After World War One, more and more people moved into major metropolitan areas where small homes and even smaller apartments were more common. An alternative location became necessary to accommodate this gathering. Often the funeral director would rent out his own home to accommodate the family. The funeral home idea came from the need to provide a more permanent location, a home just for funerals, or funeral home.
When arranging a funeral you have the option of sharing the event with others. Some have chosen an afternoon and/or evening gathering with a service the next day, while others have selected only a short gathering before services, or a memorial gathering after the final disposition, still others have chosen not have any gathering at all. Whichever you choose you should understand that your choice is the right choice. You should base this choice on what you feel is right for you, not necessarily on what others may feel is right for you. Choose to celebrate the life as you see fitting.
If you wish to have a public gathering, you then must decide on how long of a gathering you would like. Historically a “wake” or visitation of up to three days was used as a time for family and friends to gather. The extended period was necessary to allow the out of town visitors the opportunity to express their condolences before the burial took place. These wakes would begin almost immediately after the death occurred. Today a three-night visitation is a rarity, and two-night visitations are becoming few and far between. It is commonly felt that a one evening visitation, postponed a day or two after the death, allows sufficient time for friends to gather without putting a significant burden on the family.
Some families select to have a much shorter gathering before the final services. These are often arranged when the family feels that there will be a limited number of people attending the visitation and want to minimize the time spent greeting visitors. Typically in this situation, a one or two hour visitation is followed by a service either at the funeral home, church, or at the cemetery. Is the case of cremation prior to the memorial, any location can be the right location. Once again, you should base this choice on what you feel is right, not on what others feel is right for you.
Cost for Services
Though what follows is not a complete list of the options available at Barr Funeral Home, it is our feeling that an informed customer is our best customer. For clarification of any of these items or if you have any additional questions, please feel free to call us at (773) 743-4034 or e-mail us at info@BarrFuneralHome.com
General Price List
These prices are effective 9/1/2009, but are subject to change without notice
The goods and services shown below are those we can provide to our customers. You may choose only the items you desire. However, any funeral arrangements you select will include a charge for our basic services and overhead. If legal or other requirements mean you must buy any items you did not specifically ask for, we will explain the reason in writing on the statement we provide describing the funeral goods and services you selected.
Basic services of Funeral Director and Staff . . . $2650
This is the charge to each family we serve for our professional expertise in assisting them. Our basic service charge includes a proportionate share of overhead expenses relative to our facility such as property taxes and insurance, building maintenance and utility expenses, secretarial and administrative costs, and equipment and inventory expenses. Also included in this charge is; having staff available to respond to initial request for service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; arrangement conference with family or responsible party; preparation and filing of necessary certificates and permits; assistance with the placement of obituary notices; planning of funeral arrangements; and coordination of service with cemetery, crematory, vault companies and others as required. This fee for our basic services and overhead will be added to the total cost of the funeral arrangements you select. (This fee is already included in our charges for direct cremation, immediate burials, and forwarding or receiving remains.)
Embalming . . . $ 695
Embalming is the use of chemicals to disinfect a body both internally and externally, which eliminates certain known health hazards. A person licensed by the state of Illinois must complete this process. Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be necessary, however, if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with viewing. If you do not want embalming, you usually have the right to choose an arrangement that does not require you to pay for it, such as direct cremation or immediate burial.
Other Preparation of the Body
Dressing and Casketing of the remains, and Cosmetology as needed $ 150
Hair Dresser (If Requested) . . . $ 85
Special Care for Autopsied Remains . . . $ 100
Washing and Disinfecting Remains When No Embalming is requested $ 150
Use of Facilities and Staff
Visitation / Viewing at Barr Funeral Home (One visitation period up to six hours) $850
Funeral Ceremony at Barr Funeral Home (Two Hours Or Less) . . . $ 650
Memorial Service at Barr Funeral Home (Ceremony Without The Body Present) $295
Supervision of Funeral Ceremony at Location Other Than Barr Funeral Home $450
Automotive Equipment (Within 30 Mile Radius)
Transfer of Remains to Barr Funeral Home (by Funeral Director) . . $ 495
Hearse and Driver . . . $ 565
Limousine (seven passenger) and Driver . . . $ 565
Flower Car and Driver . . . $ 565
Service Vehicle (i.e., van or other vehicle) . . . $ 395
Caskets . . . $ 750 to $ 8100
(A complete price list will be provided at the funeral home)
Outer Burial Containers . . . $ 750 to $ 6200
(A complete price list will be provided at the funeral home)
Forwarding Remains to Another Funeral Home . . . $ 3025
This charge includes the removal of remains from place of death, basic services of staff, embalming, obtaining and filing death certificate, securing necessary permits and authorizations, and local transportation. This charge does not include shipping charges, shipping container, visitation or viewing, nor funeral rites or ceremonies prior to forwarding of the remains.
Receiving of Remains from Another Funeral Home . . . $ 2875
This charge includes transportation from airport, temporary shelter of remains, basic services of staff, and transportation of remains to cemetery. This charge does not include visitation or viewing, nor funeral rites or ceremonies.
Direct Cremation Packages . . .$ 2875
The charge for a direct cremation includes removal of remains from place of death, temporary shelter of remains, basic services of staff, obtaining and filing death certificate, securing necessary permits and authorizations, and local transportation to cemetery in a service vehicle. This charge does not include any preparation of the remains, visitation or viewing, nor funeral rites or ceremonies prior to the cremation. Cremation will take place at our earliest convenience without the family present. This charge does not include the cemetery fee for cremation. If you want to arrange a direct cremation, you can use an alternative container. Alternative containers encase the body and can be made of materials like fiberboard or composition materials (with or without an outside covering). The containers we provide are fiberboard containers.
Direct cremation with alternate container provided by our funeral home $ 2875
Direct cremation with container provided by purchaser . . . $ 2875
Direct cremation with a casket selected from our funeral home*. . . $ 2875
*(in addition to the cost of the casket)
Immediate Burial Packages . . .$ 2875
The charge for a direct burial includes removal of remains from place of death, temporary shelter of remains, basic services of staff, obtaining and filing death certificate, securing necessary permits and authorizations, and local transportation to cemetery at our earliest convenience without the family present. This charge does not include any preparation of the remains, visitation or viewing, nor funeral rites or ceremonies prior to, or at the time of, the burial. This charge does not include the cemetery fee for burial.
Direct burial with casket provided by purchaser . . . $ 2875
Direct burial with casket selected from our funeral home*. . . $ 2875
*(in addition to the cost of casket)
NOTICE: These disclosures are made in compliance with the requirements for disclosure as set forth by the Federal Trade Commission, service and merchandise categories have been established according to guidelines set forth by the Federal Trade Commission.
If you are not clear on any of this charges, please feel free to contact us by phone at (773) 743-4034 or by e-mail at info@BarrFuneralHome.com