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Commonly Asked Questions

Are Funeral homes regulated?

All funeral home activities are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Funeral Rule. “The Funeral Rule” requires the industry to provide information and disclosures that help consumers when shopping and when purchasing funeral goods and services.

 

What is the FTC-Funeral Rule?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Funeral Rule has been implemented by the United States government to help consumers to make more informed decisions about funeral home goods and services. All funeral homes must follow the guidelines of the FTC-Funeral Rule.

 

What is a General Price List?

Funeral homes are required by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Funeral Rule to provide three price lists:

Click here for General Price List
Click here for Casket Price List
Click here for Outer Burial Container Price list.

The General Price List is the keystone of the FTC - Funeral Rule. The General Price List must contain identifying information and itemized prices for goods and services so that consumers can comparison shop. The goal is to enable the consumer to purchase only the itemized goods and services they want.

 

What is an Outer Burial Container Price List?

Funeral homes are required by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Funeral Rule to provide three price lists: The General Price List, The Casket Price List, and the Outer Burial Container Price list.

 

The Outer Burial Container Price List must include the name of the funeral provider, the effective date for the list, and the retail prices of each outer burial container. The list must also give enough descriptive information about each outer burial container to enable consumers to identify the specific container.

 

Click here for Harris Funeral Home's Outer Burial Price List

 

What is a Casket Price List?

Funeral homes are required by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – Funeral Rule to provide three price lists: The General Price List, The Casket Price List, and the Outer Burial Container Price list.

 

The Casket Price List must include the name of the funeral home, the effective date for the list, and the retail price of each casket and alternative container. The list must also give enough descriptive information about each casket to enable consumers to identify the specific casket and understand what they are buying.

 

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What is the Statement of Funeral Goods and Services Selected?

This "statement" is an itemized list of the goods and services that the consumer has selected during the arrangement conference and must be given to each consumer at the end of the arrangement discussion.

 

Which items of service can I always see in order to comparison shop?

The Funeral Rule requires funeral home to itemize sixteen specific itemized items. The following itemized service and product items can be compared with any funeral home you choose.

  HARRIS FUNERAL HOME FEES
1. Forwarding of remains to another funeral home $2550
2. Receiving remains from another funeral home $1860
3. Transfer of remains to the funeral home $185
4. Direct cremation

$2160

5. Immediate burial $2160
6. Embalming $565
7. Other preparation of the body $225
8. Hearse $290
9. Funeral Sedan/Van $120
10. Use of facility and staff for viewing $375
11. Use of facility and staff for funeral ceremony $375
12. Use of facility and staff for memorial service $375
13. Use of equipment and staff for graveside ceremony $275
14. Individual casket prices or their price range $1195 to $5600
15. Individual outer burial container prices or their range $995 to $4200
16. Basic services of funeral director and staff, and overhead $2135

Click here for Harris Funeral Home's complete General Price List

 

Does the law require vaults or grave liners?

In most areas of the country, state or local law does not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. However, most cemeteries require that you have such a container so that the grave will not sink in. Either a grave liner or a burial vault will satisfy these requirements.

 

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Is a casket required 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).

Alternative containers and caskets that are made specificallyfor cremation are included and identified in Harris Funeral Home's Casket Price List.

 

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What does a funeral cost?

Three expenses normally occur at the time of death.

  1. SERVICES - performed by Harris Funeral Home
  2. PRODUCTS - funeral/burial products purchased from Harris Funeral Home
  3. ACCOMMODATION - possible fees from other places

What is a vault for and what does it cost?

A vault is not required by law. However, with a burial service, cemeteries normally require a burial receptacle for the casket to go into so that the grave will not sink. This receptacle can be a vault that seals to prevent the entrance of air or moisture or a grave liner that does not seal.

 

Vaults are constructed of concrete or galvanized steel. Concrete vaults may have bronze, copper, stainless steel, fiberglass or plastic liners.

 

Price for nonsealing grave liners is $995.

Prices for sealing vaults range from $1250 to $4200.

 

Click here to view Harris Funeral Home's Outer Burial Container price list.


What does a casket cost?

When someone dies, final disposition can take the form of burial, cremation, or donation to a medical facility. In these instances, families often choose to have a service before disposition takes place.

 

Caskets are always used when the disposition is burial and are sometimes used when cremation is chosen.

 

Caskets are made from either metal (usually bronze, copper or steel), hardwood or pressed wood covered with cloth. Some metal caskets seal to prevent the entrance of air or moisture. Caskets built expressly for cremation are made with no metal parts to facilitate the actual cremation. Casket rental is also an option.

Caskets at Harris Funeral Home range in price from $1195 to $5600.

 

What is advanced planning?

The process of setting out one's wishes and instructions to be followed at the time of death is called "Preplanning."

 

There are two areas to consider when determining the type of final arrangements you desire: the type of service and the disposition.

 

Decisions about the service are a very personal part of preplanning. Recognizing one's life can be done publicly or privately, with or without the presence of the deceased.

 

Final disposition can take the form of burial, cremation, or donation to a medical facility. Harris Funeral Home will guide you through the planning and at the time of death will carry out the details of the disposition, wherever it takes place.

 

In its simplest form, preplanning is having one's wishes recorded by a local funeral home. There is no charge for this non-funded agreement at Harris Funeral Home.

 

If you decide to pre-pay your preplanning arrangements, you can do so through a bank trust or through funeral insurance funding. All of our funding options meet the guidelines of Iowa law and also meet Title 19 eligibility criteria. Prearrangement burial contracts may be guaranteed cost, or non-guaranteed cost, and you may pay the full amount or set up a payment schedule.

 

Someone should know what your wishes and instructions are for the time of your death. For more detailed information about advanced planning CLICK HERE or contact Phil Harris or Traci Yoch at (515)887-2561.