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How to Design a Burial Service on a Budget Part One

Published: August 18, 2021

Designing a burial service on a budget can get overwhelming, especially when on a fixed budget. This four part series will go over some of those considerations and different ways to plan a burial service on a budget. Part one will talk about whether purchasing a bundle could help save money.

Most funeral homes have packages of the most frequently purchased services and items. These can range from the most basic services put together to a more formal package that has many services included in it.

What do I need for a burial?

The most basic parts of a burial service include the burial location, opening and closing of the plot, marker, container, transportation and the service itself. Sometimes there are other requirements for the service, such as embalming or an outer burial container. Burial vaults and caskets are not required by law for burial in Oregon, but individual cemeteries may set their own rules and may require purchase of concrete or metal burial vaults (also called outer burial containers) and a casket, rather than a simple shroud.

What is a direct burial?

A direct burial is typically when the decedent is buried shortly after passing without a viewing or service held at that time. This also is referred to as immediate burial. A memorial could be held later or there could be no formal service held. There is typically no embalming required for a direct burial. An immediate burial is the most basic service that can be chosen.

Types of bundles available

From traditional services to intimate gathering, there are many different types of service packages available. The most complex service, a traditional service, includes many services such as transportation, embalming, and a service at the funeral home. In contrast, a basic burial package can include a family visitation, casket and transportation to a cemetery. While it is not necessary to use a funeral home package, it can save money on the service.

How to choose a service bundle?

With so many options, it is necessary to decide what is the most important part of the service and the wishes of everyone involved in planning the service. For some families, a visitation is a crucial part of healing and for others it is a tradition they do not wish to observe.

Topics to consider:

Do you want a visitation?

Do you want a green service?

What type of casket do you want?

What type of service do you want?

This is not an exhaustive list of types of packages for a burial service. For more information on your funeral options and to learn more about any of these options, call 541-265-2751 or check out our pre-arrangement form online.

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