General Price List
What it is.
In 1984, the Federal Trade Commission put into place The Funeral Rule which was intended to set standards within the funeral business to protect the consumer. One document that was established by the rule was the General Price List or GPL as it is known. Every funeral home is to have one and are to present it to everyone they have a discussion with on price. The GPL is for your retention so that you have it as a reference.
The FTC requires that the General Price List contain specific prices so that the consumer can compare between funeral homes the line items that make up the price of a funeral.
Does it tell the whole story? Yes and no. Yes, you can add up the various items that make up a funeral and compare them side by side with a GPL from another funeral home. No, this does not take into account what you actually get for the price. One may total up to a lower price because the experience is different. This is true in funeral service just as it in in many things. For example, a One-Day Ticket to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in 2017 was around $125 per person. A one-day general admission ticket to Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville was $55 while you could attend the county fair for $10. Every option presents an experience, but we would all agree that the experience is different.
What the General Price List includes and our price for these itemized services.
Basic Services of the Funeral Director and Staff and Overhead - $2,075
This charge covers a wide variety of expenses that it takes to operate a funeral business. These expenses are common to every type of service that we offer as it covers the overhead cost of doing business. A good portion of the Basic Services fee goes to the compliance of various regulatory agency laws and rules.
The Berry Difference - Lyon-DeWitt-Berry Funeral Home we have many years of experience as licensed funeral directors and through this experience we are able to provide better advice and more service to our client families.
Embalming - $775
First off, except in certain cases, embalming is not required by law. However, whenever the funeral arrangements you choose include a public viewing of the remains, we do require that embalming be performed.
If you do not want embalming, you have the right to choose an arrangement that does not require embalming such as prompt disposition by cremation or burial. Anytime that disposition will be delayed, embalming or offsite refrigeration will be required.
The Berry Difference - At Lyon-DeWitt-Berry Funeral Home practically all embalming is performed by either Phillip DeSpain or Daryl Berry, each with more than 30 years’ experience. Only if a death occurs too far from our service area would we engage someone else to embalm on our behalf.
Other Preparation of the Remains - $95
While it may appear that it would make sense to include this in the charge for embalming, the FTC mandates it be a separate charge. After the embalming is completed time is spent in applying cosmetics and other restorative work to make the remains have a lifelike appearance. Then we take great care in dressing and placing the body in the casket to present a pleasing memory.
Should you wish that a personal hairdresser provides their service, their fee will be an additional expense.
Other Preparation of the Remains may also apply if embalming is not performed but a private viewing is requested before disposition. A small gathering of immediate family members may wish to have a few minutes before cremation or burial which we can facilitate.
The Berry Difference - We take pride in our work and treat the remains of your loved one like we would want a family member or ours treated.
Transfer of the Remains to the Funeral Home - $200
This charge is for a licensed funeral director and assistant, when required, vehicle and equipment necessary for the removal of the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home, regardless of the time of day. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to respond to a family’s need. This price includes a death in Taylor or surrounding counties. Should the death occur beyond adjoining counties, a fee of $2 per mile one way will be charged after 25 miles.
Hearse - $300
A hearse is a specialized vehicle limited in use to transporting the casketed remains to the placed of disposition. Hearses are expensive to purchase thus an expense to be included on practically every service.
The request for the use of limousines is rare in our area so we do not own one. While we do not itemize them on our GPL they are available from outside sources at their prevailing rate.
Other automotive equipment - $100
In practically every case, we make several trips in another vehicle for various reasons. In most cases we will lead the funeral profession with a lead car in which the minister may ride with us. In the case of church services, we transport equipment to the church. There are times that we will deliver flowers to the cemetery or the home following a service. In most cases we will travel to the cemetery to mark or confirm the location of the grave. All these uses are covered under the itemization of Other Automotive Equipment.
Use of Facilities, Staff and Equipment for Viewing - $600
We recently changed the way we priced visitation and services. We noticed that families were choosing to have visitation on the same day as the funeral to save money. We realized that this was preventing many folks from attending the visitation since it was during their work days. So, to allow families to have visitation the night before the funeral we reduced the price to what we were charging for a same day service. In essence, what we once charged $1,650 for we now only charge $1,200 which is for visitation on the evening before the funeral the next day.
The Berry Difference - We do not charge more for having a visitation the evening before the funeral.
Use of Facilities, Staff and Equipment for the Funeral Ceremony - $600
This price is the same whether it is at the funeral home or other facility such as a church. While services at a church do not utilize the funeral home, they are more labor intensive and take more equipment that must be transported and setup.
Use of Facilities, Staff and Equipment for a Same Day Service preceded by a public visitation - $1,200
Sometimes having the visitation and service on the same day is a logical choice. This option does include a private family time one-hour prior the public visitation time.
Use of Staff and Equipment for a Graveside Service - $600
This option is for services at the grave only with a brief gathering at the funeral home prior to processing to the grave.
Limited Service Offerings
The Federal Trade Commission requires that four other Minimal Service offerings be itemized:
1. Forwarding of Remains - $2,005
Our charge includes: Basic services of funeral director and staff; transfer of remains to funeral home; embalming or other preparations of remains, if relevant; and, local transportation. This charge does not include visitation, rites or ceremonies prior to forwarding of the body.
Transport to an airport and a suitable container for air shipping would be additional.
Mileage beyond our service area would be charged on a per mile fee beyond our local service area.
2. Receiving of Remains from Another Funeral Home - $1,350
Generally, this would refer to the receiving of casketed remains which are being sent here for burial from another funeral home that had visitation or ceremony at their location.
Our charge includes: Basic services of funeral director and staff; care of remains; transportation of remains to funeral home and to cemetery or crematory. This charge does not include visitation, rites, ceremonies or additional mileage charges.
Mileage for transport from an airport would be charged on a per mile fee beyond our local service area.
The FTC requires the listing of two specific forms of direct disposition: 1) Direct Cremation and 2) Immediate Burial.
3. Direct Cremation
Our charge for a direct cremation includes: Basic services of funeral director and staff; removal of remains within 25 miles; transportation to crematory; necessary authorizations. This charge does not include the use of facilities and staff for any visitation or ceremony, public or private, prior to the cremation. This charge does include the crematory charges. To receive this discounted price, payment is due in full prior to the 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 outside covering). Your options are:
i. Direct cremation with an approved container provided by the purchaser - $1,295
ii. Direct cremation with a fiberboard or composition material container that we provide - $1,395
iii. Direct Cremation with a casket purchased from our Casket Price List $2,290 to $6,880
Direct cremations do not include any type of visitation or service (private of public).
i. Additional charges would apply should you wish to have a brief time of private viewing prior to cremation.
ii. A public time of visitation with or without a memorial service following a direct cremation is available at the rate listed elsewhere in the General Price List.
4. Immediate burial
Our charge for an immediate burial (without ceremony) includes: Basic services of funeral director and staff; removal of remains; and local transportation to cemetery.
i. Immediate Burial with container provided by the purchaser - $1,480
ii. Immediate Burial with a minimum steel casket - $2,765
iii. Immediate Burial with a casket purchased from Casket Price List - $2,475 to $7,765
The FTC also says that a range of prices be given for funeral merchandise that would be available at the funeral home. This means that the funeral home will have a Casket Price List and an Outer Burial Container Price List that is to be presented to you prior to you being shown caskets or outer burial containers.
Our range for Casket Prices is: $995 - $6,285
We do not market our caskets like many funeral homes which display the lower priced units in unattractive colors to get you to buy something higher. We offer a wide selection of caskets across the entire price range so that you can get a casket that you will not be ashamed of at an affordable price.
The range for Outer Burial Containers is: $785 - $15,000
Outer Burial Containers are what casketed remains are placed it to prevent the crushing of the casket by the weight of the soil and equipment that will be driven over the grave. Not all cemeteries require an outer burial container. Burial vaults are Outer Burial Containers that are designed to be protective in that they seal in some manner. We offer Outer Burial Containers in a variety of materials and prices.
Other Funeral related items that we offer are listed for your consideration.
Register Book - $25 - $165
Acknowledgement Cards (Per 25) - $20
Memorial Folders (Per 100) - $50
Bulletins (Per 50) - $50
Boxed sets including Register Book, 100 Memorial Folders and 50 Acknowledgement Cards $95 - $225
Temporary Grave Marker - $20
So, what does this all mean? Let’s look at a funeral service typical of Campbellsville.
This would include the 1) Basic Services of the Funeral Director and Staff and Overhead, 2) Embalming, 3) Other Preparation of Remains, 4) Transfer of Remains to the Funeral Home, 5) Hearse, 6) Other Automotive Equipment, 7) Use of the Facilities and Staff for the Visitation and 7) Use of Facilities and Staff for the Funeral Service.
All of these items added together total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,745
For those purchasing their funeral merchandise from us we discount this price . . . . . . . -475
Funeral Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,270
The price for funeral merchandise and cash advanced items such as servicing the grave, death certificates, paid obituaries, flowers and gratuities would be added to the fee for Funeral Services.
Packages and Discounts
In practically every other type of business from fast food meals to luxury automobiles the consumer can save money by buying items grouped together in a package. By paying our suppliers on time, we receive discounts and avoid penalties that saves you money. Because of this we give a discount to those paying at the time of services.
Practically every funeral has certain items of service and merchandise in common. For convenience and to provide added value we offer packages which include services and merchandise at a price lower than the price that is published on the various Price Lists.
For your convenience and illustration purposes we have created all inclusive packages that include typical cash advanced items to assist when considering funeral pricing.
The Berry Difference
First off, I want to thank you for considering Lyon-DeWitt-Berry Funeral Home for your time of need. We feel that our profession is our calling and is a ministry to those we serve. We realize that you have choices when it comes to selecting a funeral home and our goal is to offer a great value by providing comfortable facilities and superior service at a moderate price.
We want everyone that enters our doors to feel like they are in a home like atmosphere. While other funeral homes may be more church like, we feel that chairs are more inviting than pews. We have rearranged our facilities to be more open, providing a home like feel for your family and guests. Should you prefer a more church like setting, we will gladly host your family’s service in your church. We have plenty of well lit parking in our parking lot and on Main Street where we are conveniently located.
We strive to take care of the details you may never consider, little things that you probably will not find somewhere else. We want the service we provide to be more about your loved ones memory than it is about us. If you have an idea that would help personalize your service or remember your loved one, we would ask that you share it with us, so we can assist in making it happen for you.