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In general, there are three types of funerals:

There is no restriction or limitation on combining the various types. 

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Funerals 101

Traditional, Full Servivce Funeral

A traditional, full service funeral in the U.S. usually includes: 

  • A display of the body and a chance to visit with the family at the funeral home.  
  • A service at the funeral home and/or a house of worship.  
  • A vehicle to transport the body to the cemetery.  
  • A burial or entombment in the cemetery -- usually with some type of service at the gravesite.

A traditional funeral is generally the most expensive type of funeral. Costs include:

  • The funeral home's basic services fee.
  • Embalming and dressing the body.
  • Rental of the funeral home for the viewing or service
  • Use of the funeral home's vehicles to transport the family.
  • Casket.
  • Cemetery plot or crypt.
  • Miscellaneous funeral goods and services.

Direct Burial

In a direct burial, the body is buried shortly after death, usually in simple container. No viewing or visitation is involved, so no embalming is necessary. A memorial service may be held at the graveside or later. Direct burial usually costs less than the "traditional," full service funeral.

Costs include:

  • The funeral home's basic services fee.
  • Transportation.
  • Care of the body.
  • A casket or burial container.
  • Cemetery plot or crypt.

If the family chooses to be at the cemetery for the burial, the funeral home often charges an additional fee for a graveside service.

Direct Cremation

Cremation reduces a corpse to bone fragments using high heat and flames. To learn more, see: Cremation.