PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CHARGES

We are pleased to provide you with a full disclosure of our professional service charges.

To help you understand funeral costs we have prepared an outline of the categories that make up a funeral account. There are basically four sections that make up a funeral account: casket & merchandise selections, professional service charges, cash disbursements and taxes on applicable items.

To help consumers, legislation states that all funeral homes must provide an itemized price list of all of their related professional service charges as well as casket and merchandise charges. This list must be available at the consumers' request without cost or obligation. 

We pride ourselves on always being one of the most reasonably priced funeral homes in the area. Consumers and families finally can learn first hand that there is a difference in the service we provide and they do not need to fall into the trap of traditional loyalty many funeral homes attempt to count on. Today, being good is not good enough.
We trust that this service will give you one more reason to give Magnolia Funeral Home serious consideration when seeking a funeral home that is pro-actively working towards providing you the highest standards of services while offering sensible and affordable solutions. 


CASKET & MERCHANDISE SELECTIONS

This section is specific to the casket that a family selects. All of our caskets and merchandise is priced separately - meaning the price you see for the casket is for the casket itself with no other items included. This can often become confusing to families. Some of the other types of merchandise you might find in these section of the funeral account are: burial vaults, cremation urns, and upgraded stationary packages. Again, each is itemized based on your selection and a total is itemized under the "Casket & Merchandise Selections." As always, you are free to purchase or acquire these items from any other funeral home or other source. Receiving funeral homes cannot charge any handling or administration fees when a casket is purchased elsewhere.


CASH DISBURSEMENTS

These are fees charged by the funeral home for goods and services it buys from outside vendors on your behalf. Some funeral providers charge you their cost for the items they buy on your behalf. Others add a service fee to their cost. The Funeral Rule requires those who charge an extra fee to disclose that fact in writing, although it doesn't require them to specify the amount of their markup. The Rule also requires funeral providers to tell you if there are refunds, discounts or rebates from the supplier on any cash advance item. Typical cash disbursements might include:

  • Newspaper Notices                                                  
  • Clergy Honorariums
  • Floral Arrangements
  • Coroner's Cremation Certificates
  • Certified Death Certificates
  • Cemetery Charges (Open/Close of Grave, Plot , Etc.)
  • Other out of pocket expenses